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She’ll no longer be known simply as Karolina Pliskova’s southpaw twin, and that’s great news for Kristyna Pliskova. But what isn’t great news is that the new WTA record holder for aces in a single match will forever have her exploits linked to a loss.

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Pliskova, the identical twin and sometimes doubles partner of 9th-seeded Karolina Pliskova, rifled 31 aces against Monica Puig on Day 3, but squandered match points and ultmately ended up falling, 4-6 7-6(6) 9-7.

Pliskova had a pair of match points on her serve in the second-set tiebreaker. If she had managed an ace on either point, the WTA’s ace record of 27, set by Sabine Lisicki last season, would have still been standing. And she’d still be alive in the draw.

“I wish I hit 20 and won the match,” said Pliskova, according to WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen.

"At one point I just had to laugh, during the changeover, because it was so unbelievable," Puig told after the win.

Still, it was a good showing for Pliskova, who defeated Sam Stosur in the first round. Even better for Puig, who reaches the last 32 at Melbourne for the first time, and at a major for the first time since 2013.