I thought Serena Williams would beat Andreescu in US Open final - Pliskova

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I thought Serena Williams would beat Andreescu in US Open final - Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova was asked if she watched the US Open women's final between Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams. The Czech player admitted she thought Serena was the favorite. "I didn't watch anything, I think I was either on the plane or sleeping.

But I'm not surprised, actually. I think maybe I thought Serena will finally win it, but maybe she is just not playing that well in the finals, I don't know, I didn't see, so I cannot say. But on the other hand I'm not surprised that Andreescu won, because I think so far she didn't play many tournaments, but everything that she played she almost won.

And I played her in Toronto, so I think she's playing quite well. And of course she's super confident, so that helps and she was playing well, so for sure she has a lot of support from her country. So she was a little bit like a black horse of the tournament, so I'm not really surprised.

I know she's young, there's a lot of younger players right now which also made the semi-finals, so there is a little bit that is changing, but nothing, I don't know, nothing that would really surprise me."

On her Grand Slam season, Pliskova added: "I think it was for sure not the best, but not the worst. Of course, obviously that was the best, I was close to getting to the final, so I think that I was able to play my best tennis in Australia.

Clay is never my favorite surface so it's tough for me really to do well. I think it's just going to be always difficult. And Wimbledon is not my favorite, so... And then the US Open, of course, is my favorite, but I just lost a very close match.

So I think I could go for sure far, because I was not playing that bad and it was quite a good match with her, but somehow, sometimes you just lose close matches. I think the first part of the season I was winning more of these matches and now a little bit less -- maybe also a little bit tired or just a little bit unlucky at some points.

But of course there is a lot of things to improve from Grand Slams and there is next year and hopefully, I can do better next year."