World No. 4 Karolina Pliskova gave credit to Maria Sakkari for the performance she delivered in their US Open quarterfinal clash. Sakkari, ranked at No. 18 in the world, saw off former world No. 1 Pliskova 6-4 6-4 to reach her second Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open.
Sakkari claimed one break of serve in each set and firmly held on to their serve to book a straight-set win. "I thought she played very good match, very solid. Of course, I didn't get many chances on her serve which was a bit frustrating because I didn't have many matches like this," Pliskova said after the loss.
"My serve was so-and-so today. But just one break in each set. I thought maybe if I could have held the serve a bit longer, maybe I could have more chances than I had." "No, I mean, of course disappointed, but it's not like it would be really in my hands, this match."
Pliskova admitted Sakkari gave her no chances
"As I said, I didn't have any chances on her serve. I don't think I played the best tennis today. I don't think I was serving the way I was serving the last couple matches which you have to serve against opponents like this because she doesn't give you much for free," Pliskova noted.
"I was actually not surprised because I know she's playing well, and we had one practice before this tournament. But I was quite surprised she was really going for her shots. I know she can be also, like, maybe passive at some times.
She was not really. Even the match point, I thought she really went for it, playing really fast. Not many chances for me to play what I would love to play. "Of course, credit to her. Yeah, not really the tennis which I wanted to play."