Karolina Pliskova Prepared for 2017 Australian Open

The runner-up from the US Open is looking dangerous heading into the Australian Open. She answered interview questions recently at for AustralianOpen.com.

Karolina Pliskova enjoyed a breakthrough Grand Slam tournament at the 2016 US Open, making it all the way to the singles final. She defeated Serena Williams en route, however Pliskova was not able to best Angelique Kerber in that final. The Czech player will be looking for another deep run in a major starting next week, one that would be her first in Melbourne Park.

In fourย previous showings at the Grand Slam, Pliskova has never made the fourth round. In fact she brings just a 5-4 record into the event all-time. She did win the event as a junior back in 2010, a result that she spoke of in a recent interview from a pre-tournament press conference at Melbourne Park: “obviously the final, what I was playing on Rod Laver, it was huge for me. I was small and scared, and then I won. So was a big thing, first big result…I ever had.”

Pliskova did not actually have a good record at the US Open before she made the final in the late summer of 2016. The Czech was also asked about how her preparations for majors have changed over the years:

“I would say this week is similar to New York…I’m trying to be 100% ready, even if I feel something a little bit after that week in Brisbane. If you’re playing well, have a lot of matches, I don’t see any reason to play another tournament which is ending Saturday, then you would have to still play on Monday, which I think it’s tough, especially in these conditions here in Australia.

That’s what I did in New York, as well. So I just did it here.”

Pliskova refers to the Brisbane event, one that she won about a week ago. Shortly after winning that title she pulled out of WTA Sydney and she seems to be referring to that decision in the quote above. If Pliskova had played in Sydney and made the final then her energy would be spent right now. Instead she’s fresh for the Grand Slam ahead: “I just want to leave everything in this tournament, in this Grand Slam. For me the main goals are Grand Slams. So I want to be ready for it.”

Pliskova is on the order of play for Tuesday when she opens her campaign against Sara Sorribes Tormo. It would take a major upset to take the Czech out early and Pliskova is definitely a player to watch for a deep run at Melbourne Park.

Shane Lambert