A former world number 1 Karolina Pliskova will finish in the Top 8 for the third straight season despite winning only one title in 2018, reaching the semi-final at the WTA Finals after beating Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova before losing in the semis against Sloane Stephens in three sets in what turn out to be her last match of the season.
The 26-year-old was supposed to lead the Czech Republic against the USA in the Fed Cup final between November 10-11 but she has announced that she will have to skip the tie due to a leg injury that bothered her in Singapore as well.
Together with Petra Kvitova, Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Strycova, Karolina was in the team that defeated Germany in the semi-final in April and with her in the squad the Czechs would have been the clear favorite against the reduced USA squad that misses all the big names.
The Czech Republic has been the dominant country in the Fed Cup in recent times, winning five titles in the last seven years and they will be the favorite in Prague as well even without Karolina, facing Danielle Collins, Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske and Nicole Melichar who are far from the best players from the States.
Pliskova has played 18 Fed Cup ties so far since 2015 and she won 14 matches, looking to lead the Czech Republic together with Petra Kvitova in 2019 again.
"Already in Singapore, there were days when I felt pain even while walking and I felt terrible.
But I didn't attach much weight to it. I was looking forward to the final very much but after the examination, my start is not possible. I'm really sorry about that. Our team is strong enough!"