World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova admits she is "very proud" after qualifying for her fifth WTA Finals. Pliskova, 29, made four consecutive WTA Finals appearances between 2016 and 2019. Last year, the WTA Finals event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pliskova failed to make it past the group stage in her WTA Finals debut in 2016. In her last three appearances at the WTA Finals, Pliskova ended up losing in the semifinal. "I’m very proud to qualify for the WTA Finals for the fifth time.
It means you are one of the best of the season and that is always the goal. I look forward to competing in Guadalajara," Pliskova said, per Lorenzo Ercoli.
Pliskova hasn't played since the US Open
Pliskova made the US Open quarterfinal, before losing to Maria Sakkari 6-4 6-4.
"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 she was surprised by how aggressive Sakkari was.
"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."