After saving a match point in semifinal against Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova won the title in Brisbane by defeating Madison Keys. The Czech is ready for the Australian Open, where she will try to conquer the first Slam of her career.
"I think it's always difficult to defend because, to be in a great shape at that moment where you just won last year, a lot of things need to happen," Pliskova said. "I don't think it was perfect tournament, maybe last year I played here and there a little better, but maybe I was fighting more this time and just somehow find a way to win the matches, which is important.
I beat only good top players, so there was nobody easy this time, maybe compared to last year, I think the draw was a little bit different. So, of course especially, in the beginning of the year I think it's no better start.
It feels like more an inside court, so it's not really open and feels like indoors. So I think anytime I just play good indoors. I won a couple of titles indoors too, so the conditions are perfect for me. There's no wind, no sun, so I can really hit it full power and the ball's not going to go really anywhere.
And I like it here. Now I have a lot of memories here so there is no reason to not be playing well here. I can still feel well and confident but I have to start from zero. I have to go out and get some practices and be ready for it. Anything can happen”.