Czech tennis star Karolina Pliskova has been forced to withdraw from Ostrava due to a wrist injury. Pliskova, 29, played at the Ostrava event last year. Back then, Pliskova suffered a surprise loss to Veronika Kudermetova in her opener at the tournament.
It was a disappointing finish for Pliskova, who was hoping to make it all the way in front of their home fans. Pliskova had been expected to return to the event this year but injury prevented her. Pliskova would have been a top favorite to win Ostrava.
Pliskova last played at the US Open
Pliskova had a solid run at the US Open, making the quarterfinal. In the quarterfinal, Pliskova suffered a 6-4 6-4 loss to Maria Sakkari. "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."
After the match, Pliskova admitted she was surprised by the aggressiveness of Sakkari. "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. I know she can be also, like, maybe passive at some times. She was not really."