After beating American Alison Riske in straight sets on Monday the world no.3 Karolina Pliskova feels her performances on clay and grass can give her confidence heading into Wimbledon.
Speaking after her win over Riske, the 25-year-old said: “I think I felt so good today. Even though it was first match, I felt so free, and so that’s what I want, to just feel like this every match.”
The Czech player reached the semi-finals of the French Open earlier this season where she was beaten by Simona Halep, and many believe her performances at Roland Garros puts Pliskova at the heart of the battle for the Wimbledon crown in 2017 along with Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber.
Although Pliskova’s record at Wimbledon hasn’t been brilliant as she has never made it past the second round. But this year feels different for Pliskova as she looks to continue her impressive rise which could see her break into the top two in the world if her form continues.Embed from Getty Images
Pliskova’s clay court season gives her ‘confidence’ ahead of Wimbledon
Despite not reaching the final in Paris, Pliskova’s performances were impressive as she only lost five sets throughout her time at Roland Garros.
But, with people expecting her to go far in the biggest Grand Slam of the year next week, Pliskova admits it might be ‘tough’ dealing with the added pressure this year, but she is not overly concerned about that side of the game.
“With the way how I finish in Paris, I still was happy with the way how it finished. I think it can give me a lot of confidence right now on grass and then in the end of the year,” said Pliskova.
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