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KAROLINA PLISKOVA

Nationality:
Czech Republic
Height:
186cm
Age:
32
Points:
1255
RANKING
#44

Bio

Karolína Pliskova was born in Louny, on March 21, 1992. She was the number one tennis player in the world rankings for eight consecutive weeks between the months of July and September in 2017.

As a singles player she has won sixteen WTA tournaments, among which the most important are the Premier 5 of Cincinnati 2016 and Rome 2019. He reached the semifinals in all Grand Slam tournaments, reaching the final at the US Open 2016 and Wimbledon 2021.

She also achieved three victories in the Fed Cup with the Czech Republic (2015, 2016, 2018).

She has won five WTA tournaments in doubles, including three with her twin sister Kristyna, and she reached 11th position in the world rankings in 2016.

Career

Pliskova made Top 10 debut after 2015 Stanford runner-up finish, meaning that for the first time in WTA history, three Czech women ranked inside Top 10 at the same time. She became the eighth Czech woman to crack singles Top 10 since computer rankings were introduced in November 1975, after Navratilova, Mandlikova, Sukova, Novotna, Vaidisova, Kvitova and Safarova.

In 2016, she won two titles, in Cincinnati and Nottingham, and advanced to her first Grand Slam final at US Open (l. Kerber), simultaneously making debut in R16, QF, SF and title match at the majors. Pliskova became first Czech to reach the US Open final since Helena Sukova in 1993 and defeating Serena Williams in the semifinal she ended the American’s 186-week reign at the top of the rankings. She qualified for the WTA Finals and helped Czech Republic defend Fed Cup title, going 1-1 in singles (d. Mladenovic, l. Garcia) before teaming with Strycova to defeat Garcia/Mladenovic in the decisive doubles match.

In 2017 she added further three titles in Brisbane (d. Cornet in F), Doha (d. Wozniacki in F) and Eastbourne (d. Wozniacki in F). In Grand Slam play, she reached semifinals at Roland Garros, quarter-finals at both Australian Open and US Open and posted second round exit result at Wimbledon. Despite that defeat, however, she claimed No.1 ranking on July 17, 2017 and became the first Czech woman to clinch the top spot since the computer rankings were introduced in 1975 (Martina Navratilova became No.1 on July 10, 1978 while representing USA).  

Pliskova won two titles in 2018 from three finals contested, triumphing at Stuttgart (d. Vandeweghe) and Tokyo [PPO] (d. Osaka) and posting a runner-up finish in Tianjin (l. Garcia): her career record in WTA singles finals extended to 11-11. The Czech, who has reached multiple finals every year since 2013, at Grand Slam level made a strong quarterfinals run at Australian Open (l. eventual runner-up Halep) and st Us Open (l. Serena Williams), reached the fourth round at Wimbledon (l. Bertens) and the third round at Roland Garros (l. Sharapova). Throughout the season, she made the semifinals stage at Brisbane (as defending champion, l. eventual champion Svitolina) and Madrid (l. eventual champion Kvitova), had quarterfinals runs at Dubai (l. Kerber), Indian Wells (l. eventual champion Osaka), Miami (l. Azarenka) and Eastbourne (as defending champion, l. Sabalenka – led 4-1 in final set).

The Czech completed the season making her third consecutive appearance at the WTA Finals, and matched her best result with her progression to the semifinals. Bidding to become the fourth Czech woman to lift the Billie Jean King Trophy after Navratilova in 1978-79, Novotna in 1997 and Kvitova in 2011, she lost to Stephens in her sixth semifinal of the season, ending the campaign with a 3-3 record at this stage. Previous defeats of No.3 Wozniacki and No.5 Kvitova improved her record against top 5 players in 2018 to 4-1. Besides, beating Kvitova she clinched the 50th career win over a top 20 ranked player.

In 2019 she won four titles. She starts the season in the best way by winning the Brisbane tournament for the second time in her career, beating the Ukrainian Lesja Curenko in the final act with a score of 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. In Rome, she won her thirteenth title in her career and second of the season, beating Ajla Tomljanović in that order with a double 6-3; Sofia Kenin for 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; ViktorIa Azaranka for 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 and Maria Sakkari with a double 6-4.

In the final act she faces a newfound Johanna Konta, against whom she has the upper hand with the score of 6-3 6-4. Thanks to this success Pliskova makes a significant leap in the standings returning to the second position of the ranking, behind only Naomi Osaka. In Eastbourne, without losing even a set, she wins her fourteenth career title. The Asian swing begins with the victory of the fifteenth career title and with the return, consequently, to the second position in the world rankings just 86 points from Ashleigh Barty.

The tennis player from Louny opens 2020 very well, as she wins the Brisbane tournament for the third time in her career, thus becoming the most titled tennis player of the event.

She then participates in the 2021 Wimbledon tournament, eliminating Tamara Zidansek (7-5 6-4), Donna Vekić (6-2 6-2) and Tereza Martincová (6-3 6-3) and landing for the third time in her career in the round of 16. By defeating Ljudmila Samsonova (6-2 6-3) she manages to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time in her career. In the quarterfinals she beat Viktorija Golubic: the Czech won with a double 6-2 and reached the semifinals for the first time. In the penultimate act, she finds the n ° 2 of the seed, Aryna Sabalenka: winning in comeback by 5-7 6-4 6-4, Karolína reaches her first Grand Slam final since 2016, when she reached her first final in New York. In the last act, she collides with world number one Ashleigh Barty, losing 3-6 7-6 3-6.

In 2022, the Czech, due to an injury to her right wrist, is forced to miss the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open. She takes the field in Indian Wells for her season debut: after the bye, she gives way to Montenegrin Kovinić (6-2 5-7 4-6). She is no better in Miami: after the bye, she surrenders to Anna Kalinskaja (3-6 3-6). On clay in Charleston, following the bye, she gets her first success of 2022 against Katarina Zavac'ka, with a score of 5-7 7-5 6-4. In the second round, however, she is overwhelmed by Ekaterina Aleksandrova, who gives her 4 games (3-6 1-6).

Style of play

Pliskova plays aggressively from the baseline and has an incisive serve with both first and second balls. Her ability at the net should not be underestimated, a choice used to finish off the points. Indeed, in the 2016 US Open Grand Slam final against Angelique Kerber, she won 80% of the serve-and-volley points.

Private life

She was born in Louny to Radek Plisek and Martina Pliskova, and has an identical twin sister, Kristýyna, who is two minutes older and is also a tennis player. She currently she lives in Montecarlo. In 2018 she married her boyfriend Michal Hrdlicka. Since she took her surname, her current official name is Karolína Hrdlickova.

Net worth and endorsements

Since 2016, Karolina Pliskova has been sponsored by Fila for clothing and footwear. She is also sponsored by Babolat for the Pure Drive racket line.
Pliskova's net worth is $15 million as of 2023. She has earned a total of $23,807,420 from her tennis career. As of 2022, she has earned a total of $537,122 by winning 15 singles and 2 doubles matches. Currently, she Pliskova ranks 15th in the WTA career leaders list.

Titles and Finals played

Win 1–0 Mar 2013 Malaysian Open, Malaysia International[d] Hard [United States]  Bethanie Mattek-Sands 1–6, 7–5, 6–3
Loss 1–1 Feb 2014 PTT Pattaya Open, Thailand International Hard [Russia]  Ekaterina Makarova 3–6, 6–7(7–9)
Loss 1–2 May 2014 Nuremberg Cup, Germany International Clay [Canada]  Eugenie Bouchard 2–6, 6–4, 3–6
Loss 1–3 Sep 2014 Hong Kong Open, HKSAR International Hard [Germany]  Sabine Lisicki 5–7, 3–6
Win 2–3 Sep 2014 Korea Open, South Korea International Hard [United States]  Varvara Lepchenko 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
Win 3–3 Oct 2014 Linz Open, Austria International Hard (i) [Italy]  Camila Giorgi 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 3–4 Jan 2015 Sydney International, Australia Premier[d] Hard [Czech Republic]  Petra Kvitová 6–7(5–7), 6–7(6–8)
Loss 3–5 Feb 2015 Dubai Championships, UAE Premier 5[c] Hard [Romania]  Simona Halep 4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win 4–5 May 2015 Prague Open, Czech Republic International Clay [Czech Republic]  Lucie Hradecká 4–6, 7–5, 6–3
Loss 4–6 Jun 2015 Birmingham Classic, United Kingdom Premier Grass [Germany]  Angelique Kerber 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 4–7 Aug 2015 Stanford Classic, United States Premier Hard [Germany]  Angelique Kerber 3–6, 7–5, 4–6
Loss 4–8 Nov 2015 WTA Elite Trophy, China Elite Trophy Hard (i) [United States]  Venus Williams 5–7, 6–7(6–8)
Win 5–8 Jun 2016 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom International Grass [United States]  Alison Riske 7–6(10–8), 7–5
Loss 5–9 Jun 2016 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom Premier Grass [Slovakia]  Dominika Cibulková 5–7, 3–6
Win 6–9 Aug 2016 Cincinnati Open, United States Premier 5 Hard [Germany]  Angelique Kerber 6–3, 6–1
Loss 6–10 Sep 2016 US Open, United States Grand Slam Hard [Germany]  Angelique Kerber 3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Win 7–10 Jan 2017 Brisbane International, Australia Premier Hard [France]  Alizé Cornet 6–0, 6–3
Win 8–10 Feb 2017 Qatar Open, Qatar Premier Hard [Denmark]  Caroline Wozniacki 6–3, 6–4
Win 9–10 Jul 2017 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom Premier Grass [Denmark]  Caroline Wozniacki 6–4, 6–4
Win 10–10 Apr 2018 Stuttgart Open, Germany Premier Clay (i) [United States]  CoCo Vandeweghe 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Win 11–10 Sep 2018 Pan Pacific Open, Japan Premier Hard (i) [Japan]  Naomi Osaka 6–4, 6–4
Loss 11–11 Oct 2018 Tianjin Open, China International Hard [France]  Caroline Garcia 6–7(7–9), 3–6
Win 12–11 Jan 2019 Brisbane International, Australia (2) Premier Hard [Ukraine]  Lesia Tsurenko 4–6, 7–5, 6–2
Loss 12–12 Mar 2019 Miami Open, United States Premier M[c] Hard [Australia]  Ashleigh Barty 6–7(1–7), 3–6
Win 13–12 May 2019 Italian Open, Italy Premier 5 Clay [United Kingdom]  Johanna Konta 6–3, 6–4
Win 14–12 Jun 2019 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom (2) Premier Grass [Germany]  Angelique Kerber 6–1, 6–4
Win 15–12 Sep 2019 Zhengzhou Open, China Premier Hard [Croatia]  Petra Martić 6–3, 6–2
Win 16–12 Jan 2020 Brisbane International, Australia (3) Premier Hard [United States]  Madison Keys 6–4, 4–6, 7–5
Loss 16–13 Sep 2020 Italian Open, Italy Premier 5 Clay [Romania]  Simona Halep 0–6, 1–2 ret.
Loss 16–14 May 2021 Italian Open, Italy WTA 1000 Clay [Poland]  Iga Świątek 0–6, 0–6
Loss 16–15 Jul 2021 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grand Slam Grass [Australia]  Ashleigh Barty 3–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–6
Loss 16–16 Aug 2021 Canadian Open, Canada WTA 1000 Hard [Italy]  Camila Giorgi 3–6, 5–7

 

 

 


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