Czech tennis star Karolina Pliskova described the WTA decision to remove ranking points from Wimbledon as "unfair" but revealed she still intends to play at the tournament. Mid-March, the rumors began to circulate that Wimbledon may decide to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing.
Last month, Wimbledon confirmed Russian and Belarusian players indeed won't be allowed to compete at The All England Club this year. The WTA warned Wimbledon to expect a harsh punishment and last week the WTA imposed a sanction on Wimbledon - there won't be any points awarded at The Championships this year.
“I think it’s super tough and unfair and bad decision. But I suppose there’s not much you can do about it," Pliskova said, per Tennis 365. “I still want to go and compete there, that’s for sure, because I’m not playing because of the points, not even because of the money.
I just, of course, I want to win and I want to succeed and I want to maybe get the trophy because I was quite close last year”.
Pliskova set to lose a big number of points
Former world No. 1 Pliskova reached the Wimbledon final last year, before losing in three sets to Ashleigh Barty.
Pliskova will lose a large chunk of points after Wimbledon and experience a notable ranking drop. There is a gtowing fear that top players might decide to skip The Championships. On Monday, four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka indicated she will likely skip Wimbledon.
“I would love to go just to get some experience on the grass court, but like at the same time, for me, it’s kind of like - I don’t want to say pointless, no pun intended, but I’m the type of player that gets motivated by... seeing my ranking go up," Osaka said. It could get ugly for Wimbledon if top players decide to skip Wimbledon.