Pliskova suffers on-court injury

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Kristyna Pliskova, the lefty twin of world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, is enjoying a rise of her own this season.

But a freak accident Thursday in Nanching, China has left her on the sidelines.

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Pliskova was up 3-0 (two breaks) against Nao Hibino of Japan in their second-round match when she appeared to try to fix a big fan blowing on court.

She jammed up her left thumb in the process, and was forced to retire.

The Czech already has withdrawn from next week’s WTA event in Stanford.

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