Karolina Pliskova fell out of The Championships on Monday against her homonym Karolina Muchova. The eldest Czech bowed out to her countrywoman in three very tight sets, 6-4 5-7 11-13. World No. 3 -- whose seed number and recent triumph in Eastbourne foreshadowed as a potential champion -- could not meet the public and insiders’ expectations.
“I think I had a lot of chances, for sure,” Pliskova later told the press. “Also started in the second set, I think I was not playing the best tennis, for sure, not today. My serve was totally — not totally, but quite off”.
During her talk with the journalists, the 27-year-old described her match as “a little bit unlucky, but that’s how it is,” and talked about what has helped her opponent to get the best of her, “I think she [Karolina Muchova] just played good.
She had nothing to lose, so some shots were quite understandable. She just went for it”. Pliskova also confessed that she was “not really surprised” by her young fellow Czech, “I think, of course, super effective on grass because the shot stays quite low.
We played on hard court, it was different. Of course, I was returning quite bad today. I gave her a lot of points without she had to do really something for it. She played great I think on the net. She has good hands, a good slice.
Here I think it’s effective”. When asked how she previewed Muchova’s run in the main draw, Pliskova answered, “I don’t know how big chance she has to go farther. I think today she was playing well against me”.
The day after this press conference, the 22-year-old met the end of her participation at Wimbledon by the hand of Elina Svitolina.