Karolina Pliskova reveals how she sustained injury in preseason

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Karolina Pliskova reveals how she sustained injury in preseason

World No. 8 Karolina Pliskova reveals she sustained a hand injury after falling down in the gym during the preseason. In December, Pliskova announced she sustained a hand injury. As expected, Pliskova was forced to miss the Australian Open and she also missed a few events in February.

On Friday, former world No. 1 Pliskova kicked off her season at the Indian Wells Masters. "I fell down in the gym. I was doing some jumps and fell down and I broke [the radius bone in the right arm]. I heard a click. It was fully broken," Pliskova said.

Pliskova suffers a loss

Pliskova made a strong start to her first match in four months but still ended up losing in three sets. Danka Kovinic, ranked at No. 71 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat Pliskova 2-6 7-5 6-4 and progress into the Indian Wells third round.

Kovinic broke Pliskova in the opening game of the match but the Czech broke back immediately in the second game to level the set at one game apiece. After saving three consecutive break points in the third game, Pliskova broke Kovinic in the sixth and eighth game to win the opener.

Pliskova then earned the first break of the second set in the sixth game and served out the following game to open a 6-2 5-2 lead. Just when it seemed that the match was over, Kovinic claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to overturn the deficit and force a decider.

Kovinic was twice up by a break after the opening six games but Pliskova twice recovered. However, Kovinic kept her focus as she broke Pliskova again in the ninth. Kovinic made no mistake on her serve after claiming her third break of the third set as she served out for the match in the 10th game.

It was the first meeting between Kovinic and Pliskova. Losing her first match in four months isn't alarming but Pliskova will certainly feel regrets since she was up by a set and a break. Pliskova will now turn her focus on the Miami Masters.