World No. 4 Karolina Pliskova admitted she wasn't happy with the way she started her WTA Finals opener against Garbine Muguruza but she was glad that she managed to recover and win 4-6 6-2 7-6 (6) in just less than two and a half hours of ppay.
"I actually think I started the match quite okay, not like feeling amazing," Pliskova said after the match, per the WTA website. "But with 2-0, losing two of my service games in a row, I think that's a huge mistake.
One can happen, but two I think is too much. She just made sure I don't really get another chance to break her. Still, it was 4-6. It was pretty close the first set. Pliskova recovered from a break down in the third set and saved two consecutive break points in the 11th game, before realizing her fourth match point in the tie-break to complete a comeback win.
"I just went for it a bit more," Pliskova said. "I thought I was a bit too passive in the first set and still making mistakes. I said, okay, just go for it a bit more. If I'm still making mistakes, at least I will have some winners.
Especially the second serve, I wanted to put pressure on it. It paid off. I think I really played good that second set."
Pliskova thrilled with the win
Starring the WTA Finals with a win was extreme important to Pliskova..
"Honestly I think it's huge because, of course, you can relax a bit more. It's not like you can lose the next match. Of course, nobody wants to lose any match. But it's like, okay, you have at least that one win, there's not such a pressure that you need to win every other match," Pliskova added.
"If I just lose this match tonight, I think I'm gone because it was big, having couple match points, breakpoints there, I was so close to making it even before the tiebreak. Then, of course, I was quite close to also losing it."