June 24, 2021

Karolina Pliskova: After the first set was exhausted

Czech Karolina Pliskova commented on her victory over Frenchwoman Alize Cornet in Miami and the upcoming meeting with Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan.

“We played at a high level, despite the wind. In the afternoon, the courts became slower, but I served well. Alize had a better match against me. Sometimes it’s hard for me to resist her, because she uses rotation, and then immediately punches flat with backhand. In the first set, I made too many mistakes. I could well have played better, made a break, but root was delaying the draws. I tried not to give up, but after the first set, which lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes, I had a hard time. I was exhausted, but still I managed to get back into the game. But Cornet, on the contrary, began to make mistakes. I added, because now everything depended on me.

As for meeting with Putintseva, I think that she is well prepared. Her style of play is similar to Cornet’s manner. She also uses rotation when hitting with forehand and has a fairly flat backhand. In addition, Yulia works well in defense, but everything will depend on me. I have already beaten her several times, even in Brisbane, where she showed far from the best game. I do not want to run ahead, but if I play confidently, then I will have chances to win. Putintseva will not succeed in killing me with strikes from the back line or aces, but you need to play very well, “- Pliskova tells the press service of the WTA.

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