Karolina Pliskova has admitted her coach Conchita Martínez wants her to play more aggressive following her three set 3-6, 6-4, 3-6 loss to Belinda Bencic in the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals.
"I think I was just maybe a little bit tired.
"Also, the court, for me first time playing there, so I just somehow was losing the balls. I don't know. Of course it's much bigger than the courts where I played, so took me a little while. First set was obviously quite bad, but, yeah, I started to feel just a little bit better in the second set.
"But I think she was just playing too solid today. Her backhand is, of course, her weapon. She was using the wind, I think, better. Of course Conchita wants me to play a little bit more aggressive, but when you're not that fast and not feeling your shots, then it's tough to go for it."
Bencic is in form and the win marked her 12th win in a row. "She was playing good, I think, as normal. She's playing this way I think for last couple of weeks, for sure. You can see that she's quite confident. "In some points I think she is going for it more.
She has been lucky couple times.
"I think she tries to play all the balls pretty early in the court. That's her biggest weapon. She can see the balls quite early. "So she can, you know, guess sometime the sides.The serve I think she improved since last time we played in the practice.
We didn't play couple years. But the serve, I think she could serve some breakpoints down, or some important moments she served quite well, I thought.
"Sometimes you're just winning matches. "You're not thinking.
I know this feeling. I think she's right now in kind of this way where if she's not thinking much and just playing. She's playing good. I think she's quite solid from the baseline.
"It's not that she would be, you know, killing some balls or acing me like every game, but she's solid.
"She doesn't give you much. She moves well, and she's confident. That's about it."