World No. 4 Karolina Pliskova has never been a big fan of Wimbledon or grass as a surface but she made the final at The Championships this past July. Pliskova won her first five matches at the tournament in straight sets, before winning the semifinal in three sets.
Pliskova kept repeating to herself every match how much she hates Wimbledon and it helped her play without pressure. "I still go back to see some of the videos from there because the crowd was amazing. I mean, Princess Kate was there, Tom Cruise was cheering!
Amazing two weeks, really. I was just so enjoying it and just so relaxed for some reason there," Pliskova told the WTA website. "But actually from the first match, I started the first round and I was down 0-4, and I was like, that's it.
This is a stupid tournament. I hate this tournament. I kept saying this every match. I hate this tournament. I don't like this tournament. And then maybe I was just so relaxed and didn't put pressure at all."
Pliskova made the final
Pliskova was a set away from winning her first Wimbledon title.
In the final, world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty beat Pliskova in three sets to capture her maiden Wimbledon title. "If there's a tournament that you really want to win, it's like, OK, I love this tournament, I need to win.
I think it adds extra pressure. But this time it was like, OK, forget Wimbledon," Pliskova continued. "Then actually I started to like it. I changed my mind a bit about the tournament. It's not going to be my favorite tournament, maybe for the reason that everybody is saying their favorite tournament is Wimbledon.
But yeah, I like it, and I enjoyed very much the atmosphere which I was having in the semifinal, final. Especially after COVID, where there were no people. It was incredible."