KAROLíNA PLíšKOVá (Czech pronunciation: , born 21 March 1992) is
a Czech professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 and is
currently ranked No. 4 in the world by the Women\'s
Plíšková has won nine singles and five doubles titles on the WTA
tour, as well as 10 singles and six doubles titles on the ITF circuit
in her career. On 31 October 2016, she peaked at world No. 11 in the
She reached her first Grand Slam final at the 2016 US Open , where
she was runner-up in three sets. As a junior, Plíšková won the
girls\' singles event at the 2010
Australian Open , defeating Laura
Robson in the final. She has also played for the
Czech Republic in Fed
* 1 Personal life
* 2 Career
* 2.1 2010
* 2.2 2012
* 2.3 2013: First WTA title
* 2.4 2014: Breakthrough
* 2.5 2015: Top 10 debut
* 2.6 2016: First Premier 5 title, US Open runner-up and Top 5
* 2.7 2017:
French Open semifinal and World No. 1
* 3 Playing style
* 4 Career statistics
* 4.1 Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
* 4.2 Grand Slam tournament finals
* 4.2.1 Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)
* 5 References
* 6 External links
Plíšková was born in
Louny to Radek Plíšek and Martina
Plíšková, and has an identical twin sister, Kristýna , who is two
minutes older and is also a tennis player. She currently lives in
Monte Carlo .
Karolína Plíšková won 2010
Australian Open junior title,
Laura Robson in the girls' final.
Plíšková played her first senior Grand Slam tournament main draw
at the 2012
French Open . To qualify, she defeated
Dia Evtimova ,
Tamaryn Hendler and
Laura Robson . She lost in the first round to
world number 8
Marion Bartoli in straight sets.
2013: FIRST WTA TITLE
Plíšková started the year in
Brisbane International . She however
Olga Puchkova in the first round in two sets. Then in her next
tournament in Sydney she qualified, beating
Alexandra Panova , Irina
Estrella Cabeza Candela . In the first round she lost to
the third seed,
Sara Errani .
Plíšková won her maiden WTA title at the
2013 Malaysian Open . She
defeated several seeded players to reach the final against the
Bethanie Mattek-Sands , defeating her in three sets.
Generali Ladies Linz in October, Plíšková won her first WTA
title in doubles alongside sister Kristýna, becoming the first set of
twins in history to win a doubles title together on the tour.
Plíšková at the 2014
2014 was a breakthrough year for Plíšková. After consecutive
second-round finishes in Auckland and at the
Australian Open , she
reached her second career WTA tour final in Pattaya City , defeating
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and
Sorana Cîrstea before losing
Ekaterina Makarova in the final. She then reached the third round
of Indian Wells , the quarterfinals of the Monterrey Open and the
semifinals in Kuala Lumpur between March and April. In May, she
reached her third career final in Nuremberg , losing to second seed
Eugenie Bouchard in three sets. She broke into the top-50 in July and
defeated world number 9
Ana Ivanovic in the second round of the US
Open . After playing in America, she reached two finals in two
consecutive weeks – in Hong Kong , where she lost to Sabine Lisicki
, and in Seoul , which she won, defeating
Varvara Lepchenko in the
final to take her second career title. A third overall title (and
second of the year) in Linz ensured Plíšková finished the year
ranked world number 24.
As an alternate , Plíšková made a round-robin appearance at the
season-closing Tournament of Champions , in lieu of top seed Ekaterina
Makarova, losing her sole match against
Flavia Pennetta of Italy.
After reaching five finals and winning two of them, and appearing to
a broader public at the US Open with a big win over a former world No.
1, 2014 was a breakthrough year for Plíšková. She leaped from world
No. 67 to 24.
2015: TOP 10 DEBUT
Plíšková at the
2015 Apia International Sydney
Plíšková began her year at the
2015 Brisbane International where
she defeated former world number 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion
Victoria Azarenka in the first round before losing in the second. She
reached her first WTA Premier-level final at the 2015 Apia
International Sydney , defeating
Carla Suárez Navarro and Angelique
Kerber before losing to fellow Czech
Petra Kvitová in two
tie-breaking sets. As a consequence of this run, she broke into the
world's top-20 for the first time in her career.
At the first Grand Slam of the year in
Australia , Plíšková
reached the third round before losing to Russia's
Ekaterina Makarova .
She made her debut for the
Fed Cup team in the first
round of the 2015
Fed Cup World Group in February, winning both of her
Françoise Abanda and
Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada to
help the Czechs to a 4–0 win in Quebec .
As the 8th seed, Plíšková reached semifinal at Diamond Games
Antwerp , before losing to eventual runner-up Carla Suárez Navarro.
She then played at the 2015
Dubai Duty Free
Dubai Duty Free Championships and reached
the final as the 17th seed, along the way beating number 4 seed Ana
Ivanovic, fellow Czech
Lucie Šafářová , and the rising Spaniard
Garbiñe Muguruza . She lost in the final against the top seed Simona
Plíšková then played in Indian Wells , where she won a rematch
with Muguruza in the third round before losing again to Halep. In
Miami, Plíšková reached the quarterfinals where she lost to Andrea
Plíšková was the top seed in her home tournament in Prague . She
reached the final by defeating
Annika Beck ,
Tsvetana Pironkova ,
Denisa Allertová and
Yanina Wickmayer , going to a third set in three
of her four matches. In the final she defeated fellow Czech Lucie
Hradecká in another three-set battle to claim her fourth WTA title.
At the Madrid Open she beat
Sílvia Soler Espinosa in the first
round, but lost to
Caroline Garcia in the second. At the Rome Open she
lost in the first round to
Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets. She lost
in the second round of
French Open as 12th seed to unseeded Andreea
Mitu in straight sets after beating Zhang Shuai in the first round.
She reached another final at
Aegon Classic , losing to Angelique
Kerber in three sets. She lost to
Agnieszka Radwańska at Aegon
International in the third round. At Wimbledon , Plíšková defeated
Irina Falconi in three sets before losing to
CoCo Vandeweghe in the
She made another final at
Stanford Classic , losing once again to
Angelique Kerber. Plíšková lost in the first round at
Rogers Cup to
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni and in the third round of the Western however,
she fell to Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets. Struggles continued as
she lost to
Margarita Gasparyan in the first round of the Qatar Open .
After receiving a first round bye in Indian Wells , Plíšková
Shelby Rogers and Ana Ivanovic, both in straight sets. She
Johanna Konta in three sets and earned another straight
sets win over rising star
Daria Kasatkina , before losing in three
sets to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka. Despite her good campaign
in Indian Wells, Plíšková lost in the second round of the Miami
Open to Timea Babos after another first round bye.
Plíšková opened her clay court season at the Porsche
Prix . She defeated the 2015
French Open finalist Lucie Šafářová
in the first round in three sets and
Ana Ivanovic in straight sets.
However, she would fall to the 1st seed
Agnieszka Radwańska in the
third round. She next competed at the Prague Open . She cruised by
Stefanie Vögele ,
Kateřina Siniaková , and
Camila Giorgi in the
first three rounds. However, she would lose in straight sets to Lucie
Šafářová in the semifinals. Plíšková lost in the second round
of the Mutua Madrid Open to
Madison Keys in straight sets and fell in
the first round of the Italian Open to Daria Kasatkina. Her clay court
season would come to a disappointing end as she would lose to the
108th ranked player in the world,
Shelby Rogers in the first round of
French Open .
Plíšková won her first title of the year at the 2016 Aegon Open .
After a three set match with
Anastasija Sevastova in the first round,
she cruised to the final and beat
Alison Riske for her first grass
title. She then lost in the first round of the Birmingham Classic to
Barbora Strýcová and reached the final of the
Eastbourne International where she lost to
Dominika Cibulková . At
Wimbledon , Plíšková beat
Yanina Wickmayer in three sets before
Misaki Doi in the second round.
Plíšková began her hardcourt season at the
Rogers Cup , where she
Kateryna Bondarenko and
Sara Errani (who had to withdraw from the
match) before losing in straight sets to eventual champion Simona
Halep. She then pulled out of the Olympics . Plíšková won her
WTA Premier tournament at the
Western & Southern Open ,
Angelique Kerber in straight sets in the final.
Her victory denied Kerber the opportunity to take over the world #1
Serena Williams and enabled Williams to tie Steffi Graf
's record of 186 consecutive weeks at #1. At the US Open ,
Plíšková beat wildcard
Sofia Kenin , qualifier Montserrat González
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova en route to her first Grand Slam Round of
16, where she defeated No. 6 seed and two-time champion Venus Williams
in three sets and ensured her first ever major quarterfinal where she
Ana Konjuh . She beat the Croatian in straight sets and reached
her first Major semifinal, where she beat
Serena Williams in straight
sets to reach the final, where
Serena Williams was attempting to vie
her seventh US Open title. In the final, she lost to incoming No. 1
Angelique Kerber, despite winning the second set and being 3–1 up in
the final set.
Plíšková continued the season with playing in Asia and the first
tournament was in Tokyo , however she lost in the first match to
Aliaksandra Sasnovich . In the next tournament in Wuhan she
had BYE in the first round and in the second round she defeated
Lucie Šafářová and the easily lost to Dominika
Cibulková. Her run ended in the third round in Beijing either. In the
first round she met Šafářová again and beat her in three sets and
then won over
Daria Kasatkina by winning 9–7 in tie-break third set.
Then she lost to
Johanna Konta in three sets.
Plíšková qualified for 2016
WTA Finals and was in the group with
Agnieszka Radwanska, Garbine Muguruza and
Svetlana Kuznetsova . The
first match was against Muguruza, which Plíšková won and had to
face Muguruza´s matchpoints. In other matches the opponents were more
successful and Plíšková ended the tournament in Singapore with one
win and two losses. Plíšková played her final matches of 2016 in
Fed Cup Final in France. She beat
Kristina Mladenovic in the first
singles rubber, which saw the third set end in a score of 14–12.
This was the longest rubber in a
Fed Cup Final, in terms of games
played. In the next singles rubber against Caroline Garcia,
Plíšková lost in three sets. The tie was even after the four
singles rubbers, setting up a decisive doubles contest in which
Plíšková partnered with
Barbora Strýcová to defeat the WTA No. 1
ranked doubles team of Mladenovic/Garcia. With this victory over
France, Plíšková and her Czech teammates completed a
Fed Cup hat
trick. It was also the second consecutive year that Plíšková and
Strýcová won a decisive doubles rubber in the final.
At the end of the season she changed coaches. Jiří Vaněk was
David Kotyza , former coach of compatriot and two-time
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová.
2017: FRENCH OPEN SEMIFINAL AND WORLD NO. 1
In 2017 Plíšková started the season by playing in Brisbane , where
Yulia Putintseva and qualifier
Asia Muhammad in two sets and
Roberta Vinci in three sets. She then defeated Elina Svitolina
Alizé Cornet (both in straight sets) and won her 7th title.
At the 2017
Australian Open she defeated easily Sara Sorribes Tormo
Anna Blinkova and beat
Jelena Ostapenko in three sets despite
being down 2–5 in the third. In the fourth round she defeated Daria
Gavrilova and reached her second straight Grand Slam quarterfinal,
where she was defeated by unseeded
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni in three
sets. Her ranking increased to a career-high of 3 in the world.
In February Plíšková played
Fed Cup 1st round against
Czech Republic . She defeated
Lara Arruabarrena and Garbiñe
Muguruza, both in straight sets. Her next tournament was Doha , where
she had a bye in the first round. She played against Caroline Garcia
in the second round and revenged the loss from the end of 2016 with a
straight sets win. Then she played two matches in one day due to rain
and won both of them. The quarterfinal against Zhang Shuai lasted
overall about 7 hours. However, she outlasted Shuai in two sets before
edging no. 5
Dominika Cibulková in three sets, a match in which she
hit a career-best 21 aces to beat the Slovakian for the first time. In
the final she beat
Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to win her 8th
WTA title. Plíšková lost in the second round to Kristina Mladenovic
in Dubai .
In the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, she defeated Monica Puig
in three sets in a match full of errors. Although Plíšková´s
performance was not so confident, she defeated
Irina-Camelia Begu in
Timea Bacsinszky , who retired at the end of the sixth game,
and Garbine Muguruza in two tie-breaks. In the semifinal against
Svetlana Kuznetsova, Plíšková fell in straight tie-breaks. She
reached the semifinals of the Miami Open, recording straight-set
victories against qualifier
Madison Brengle ,
Yulia Putintseva ,
countrywoman Barbora Strýcová, and
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni before
Caroline Wozniacki in three sets.
Plíšková kicked off the clay-court season in Stuttgart , where she
CoCo Vandeweghe in straight sets, but then lost in the
quarterfinals to eventual champion
Laura Siegemund . She then lost in
the first round of home tournament Prague to
Camila Giorgi . She also
reached her first quarterfinals in Rome . In the first round she beat
Lauren Davis , then
Timea Bacsinszky before losing to eventual
Elina Svitolina in straight sets in which was also her first
defeat to Svitolina in her career. At the 2017
French Open , she beat
Zheng Saisai ,
Ekaterina Alexandrova , and Carina Witthöft before
winning a close fourth-round match against
Veronica Cepede Royg
Veronica Cepede Royg . She
Caroline Garcia to set up a semifinal encounter with
Simona Halep, which she lost in three sets. The defeat prevented her
from claiming the world number 1 ranking at the conclusion of the
tournament. At Wimbledon , Plíšková was again one of the
pre-tournament favourites, but suffered a second-round exit after
losing in three-sets to world number 87
Magdaléna Rybáriková .
On July 17, Plíšková reached the WTA world No. 1 ranking for the
first time in her career. She was the sixth player to reach the No. 1
position without having won a Grand Slam tournament and the first
female player representing the
Czech Republic to achieve the feat.
Martina Navratilova had also achieved a WTA world
No. 1 ranking, but was already representing the
United States when she
first topped the rankings in 1978.
Pliskova attained solid results during the US summer swing, reaching
the quarterfinals and semifinals of the 2017
Rogers Cup and the 2017
Western (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R)
rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round;
(A) absent; (NH) not held. To avoid confusion and double counting,
these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or
when the player's participation in the tournament has ended. Current
through 2017 US Open .
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GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT FINALS
Singles: 1 (1 Runner-up)
OPPONENT IN FINAL
SCORE IN FINAL
3–6, 6–4, 4–6
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