Czech Karolina Pliskova commented on her victory over Estonian Anett Kontaveit in Indian Wells and meeting with the Swiss Belinda Bencic.
“Such conditions are suitable not only for tennis players with a powerful pitch. In my opinion, we both played at the highest level. It was my best match in Indian Wells, so I’m happy with everything. In the first rounds it is always difficult, because you are still looking for your game, but in the fourth round you will meet with a strong opponent. Anette is located in the 20th line of the rating, we have already met once. This time I could well not bring the game to the third game, if I won some lengthy draws in the second set. I need to know all the top tennis players. I watched her matches, trained several times with her, and I had a plan, but all this does not guarantee victory. It is important to act correctly during the draws. I was good at serving and receiving. I knew that the Kontaveit is great, but not so much. She often attacked, although not always hit the court. However, she was mistaken less than during our last meeting on the ground.
As for Bencic, we are friends outside the court. She represents Switzerland, but she speaks Slovak, so we understand each other. She is now at the peak. Over the past two or three weeks, she has beaten many strong rivals. The match will not be easy, but I also have my strengths. Belinda defeated Osaka fairly easily, so she is very dangerous. I need to be well prepared, “- quoted Pliskova, the press service of the WTA.