World No. 4 Karolina Pliskova admitted she didn't play her best against Jil Teichmann but gave credit to the Swiss for the performance she delivered. Pliskova, seeded at No. 5, suffered a surprise loss to Teichmann in the Cincinnati Masters semifinal as the Swiss won 6-2 6-4.
"I think I was not playing definitely my best tennis today, but I think she made it very difficult. Of course her game is not really comfortable for me to play. First of all, she's lefty, she's serving great, and of course she was playing confident.
She was playing fast and making me move a lot," Pliskova admitted. "I was just not, you know, like not feeling the best today. Still, I tried. I think I had couple chances actually, so I could go maybe a bit better in the second set, but unfortunately didn't happen."
Pliskova turns her focus to the US Open
Pliskova, who ended runner-up to Ashleigh Barty in the Wimbledon final, is in good spirits and she is aiming to make a deep at the last Grand Slam event of the season.
Pliskova has had success on the hard courts of the US Open, having finished as runner-up at the tournament in 2016. "Yeah, of course, and especially I think the best way how to feel better or good on the court is just having matches," Pliskova noted.
"You can feel amazing in the practice, but to win matches is something completely different, which I'm happy that I find a way how to get in this rhythm by end of the, like, the other half of the year. First it was a bit tough.
"But, yeah, I feel good with my game. Of course I need maybe two days off, not one but two (smiling). Then I have still plenty days to go to the start. Of course excited to be back in the city, in New York, because last year was not really like New York. So some shopping of course and then back to business."