The delays, which all came during the first
set, appeared to boost the sixth-seeded Dane, who was trailing
3-0 when the match was interrupted.
Wozniacki appeared relaxed during the breaks, which gave her
time to consult with her father and longtime coach Piotr
Wozniacki, before she won five straight games and ultimately
took the first set.
"Almost every tournament I've played this year there has been a
rain delay so at this point I just have to laugh because I feel
like it is following me," she said during a courtside interview
after the three hour 26 minute match.
"Every time this year when it has been raining I've had a great
tournament, so I thought this must be luck."
The delays and Wozniacki's solid all-around game appeared to
throw off the big-serving Pliskova, who was playing in her first
tournament since becoming the world number one.
The victory marks Wozniacki's first career win against a world
number one and gives the 27-year-old a 6-2 advantage in
head-to-head matches with Pliskova.
Wozniacki next faces Sloane Stephens after the American beat
Czech Lucie Safarova 6-2 1-6 7-5.
The remaining two quarters will be decided on Saturday.
Fourth-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza is one set up against
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, winning the opener 6-4, while Simona
Halep has yet to start her match against Caroline Garcia.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll; editing by Ken Ferris/Peter
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