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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 Tennis
Tennis
Association (WTA).

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 doubles rankings.

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
Australian Open
, defeating Laura Robson in the final. She has also played for the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
in Fed Cup competition.

CONTENTS

* 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
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

PERSONAL LIFE

Plíšková was born in Louny
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
Monte Carlo
.

CAREER

2010

Karolína Plíšková
Karolína Plíšková
won 2010 Australian Open
Australian Open
junior title, defeating Laura Robson
Laura Robson
in the girls' final.

2012

Plíšková played her first senior Grand Slam tournament main draw at the 2012 French Open
French Open
. To qualify, she defeated Dia Evtimova
Dia Evtimova
, Tamaryn Hendler and Laura Robson
Laura Robson
. She lost in the first round to world number 8 Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli
in straight sets.

2013: FIRST WTA TITLE

Plíšková started the year in Brisbane International
Brisbane International
. She however lost to Olga Puchkova in the first round in two sets. Then in her next tournament in Sydney she qualified, beating Alexandra Panova , Irina Falconi and Estrella Cabeza Candela . In the first round she lost to the third seed, Sara Errani
Sara Errani
.

Plíšková won her maiden WTA title at the 2013 Malaysian Open . She defeated several seeded players to reach the final against the American Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
, defeating her in three sets.

At the 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.

2014: BREAKTHROUGH

Plíšková at the 2014 China
China
Open

2014 was a breakthrough year for Plíšková. After consecutive second-round finishes in Auckland and at the Australian Open
Australian Open
, she reached her second career WTA tour final in Pattaya City , defeating top-50 players Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
and Sorana Cîrstea
Sorana Cîrstea
before losing to Ekaterina Makarova
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
Eugenie Bouchard
in three sets. She broke into the top-50 in July and defeated world number 9 Ana Ivanovic
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
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
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
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
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
Australia
, Plíšková reached the third round before losing to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
.

She made her debut for the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Fed Cup
Fed Cup
team in the first round of the 2015 Fed Cup
Fed Cup
World Group in February, winning both of her rubbers against 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
Lucie Šafářová
, and the rising Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza
. She lost in the final against the top seed Simona Halep .

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 Petkovic .

Plíšková was the top seed in her home tournament in Prague . She reached the final by defeating Annika Beck
Annika Beck
, Tsvetana Pironkova
Tsvetana Pironkova
, Denisa Allertová and Yanina Wickmayer
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
Caroline Garcia
in the second. At the Rome Open she lost in the first round to Timea Bacsinszky
Timea Bacsinszky
in straight sets. She lost in the second round of French Open
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
Aegon Classic
, losing to Angelique Kerber in three sets. She lost to Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
at Aegon International in the third round. At Wimbledon , Plíšková defeated Irina Falconi
Irina Falconi
in three sets before losing to CoCo Vandeweghe in the second round.

She made another final at Stanford Classic , losing once again to Angelique Kerber. Plíšková lost in the first round at Rogers Cup
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
Margarita Gasparyan
in the first round of the Qatar Open .

After receiving a first round bye in Indian Wells , Plíšková defeated Shelby Rogers
Shelby Rogers
and Ana Ivanovic, both in straight sets. She then defeated Johanna Konta
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 Tennis
Tennis
Grand Prix . She defeated the 2015 French Open
French Open
finalist Lucie Šafářová in the first round in three sets and Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
in straight sets. However, she would fall to the 1st seed Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
in the third round. She next competed at the Prague Open . She cruised by Stefanie Vögele , Kateřina Siniaková , and Camila Giorgi
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
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
Shelby Rogers
in the first round of the French Open
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
Alison Riske
for her first grass title. She then lost in the first round of the Birmingham Classic to fellow Czech Barbora Strýcová
Barbora Strýcová
and reached the final of the Eastbourne International where she lost to Dominika Cibulková
Dominika Cibulková
. At Wimbledon , Plíšková beat Yanina Wickmayer
Yanina Wickmayer
in three sets before losing to Misaki Doi
Misaki Doi
in the second round.

Plíšková began her hardcourt season at the Rogers Cup
Rogers Cup
, where she beat Kateryna Bondarenko
Kateryna Bondarenko
and Sara Errani
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 maiden WTA Premier tournament at the Western & Southern Open , defeating Germany's Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
in straight sets in the final. Her victory denied Kerber the opportunity to take over the world #1 ranking from Serena Williams
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 and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
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 faced Ana Konjuh
Ana Konjuh
. She beat the Croatian in straight sets and reached her first Major semifinal, where she beat Serena Williams
Serena Williams
in straight sets to reach the final, where Serena Williams
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 qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Aliaksandra Sasnovich
. In the next tournament in Wuhan she had BYE in the first round and in the second round she defeated countrywoman Lucie Šafářová
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
Johanna Konta
in three sets.

Plíšková qualified for 2016 WTA Finals and was in the group with Agnieszka Radwanska, Garbine Muguruza and Svetlana Kuznetsova
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 the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
Final in France. She beat Kristina Mladenovic
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
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
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
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 substituted by 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 she beat Yulia Putintseva and qualifier Asia Muhammad in two sets and then Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
in three sets. She then defeated Elina Svitolina and Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet
(both in straight sets) and won her 7th title.

At the 2017 Australian Open
Australian Open
she defeated easily Sara Sorribes Tormo and Anna Blinkova
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
Fed Cup
1st round against Spain
Spain
in Ostrava
Ostrava
, Czech Republic
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
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
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
Irina-Camelia Begu
in two sets, Timea Bacsinszky
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
Madison Brengle
, Yulia Putintseva , countrywoman Barbora Strýcová, and Mirjana Lučić-Baroni before falling to Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
in three sets.

Plíšková kicked off the clay-court season in Stuttgart , where she defeated CoCo Vandeweghe in straight sets, but then lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Laura Siegemund
Laura Siegemund
. She then lost in the first round of home tournament Prague to Camila Giorgi
Camila Giorgi
. She also reached her first quarterfinals in Rome . In the first round she beat Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis
, then Timea Bacsinszky
Timea Bacsinszky
before losing to eventual champion Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina
in straight sets in which was also her first defeat to Svitolina in her career. At the 2017 French Open
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 then defeated Caroline Garcia
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
Czech Republic
to achieve the feat. Czechoslovakian-born Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
had also achieved a WTA world No. 1 ranking, but was already representing the United States
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
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 .

TOURNAMENT 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L

Australian Open
Australian Open
A Q1 Q1 1R 2R 3R 3R QF 0 / 5 9–5

French Open
French Open
A Q2 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R SF 0 / 6 7–6

Wimbledon Q1 A 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 6 5–6

US Open Q1 Q1 Q2 1R 3R 1R F QF 0 / 5 12–5

WIN–LOSS 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–4 5–4 4–4 9–4 14–4 0 / 21 33–21

GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT FINALS

Singles: 1 (1 Runner-up)

RESULT YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE OPPONENT IN FINAL SCORE IN FINAL

Runner-up 2016 US Open Hard Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
3–6, 6–4, 4–6

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Fed Cup
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