Karolina Pliskova defeated Coco Vandeweghe 7-5 6-4 to win her 10th career-title, the first in Stuttgart. The Czech player hit 52 aces over five matches en her route to the title, she displayed some great performances, but on Monday morning, not even 24 hours after her success, she announced a terrible news for her country, Czech Republic.
Pliskova has withdrawn from the Prague Open that takes place this week due to a groin injury. It must not have been easy for her, being the first seed and the home favorite player. Karolina was supposed to face her sister Krystina in the first round, but now Aliaksandra Sasnovich will take her spot in the main draw.
The world No. 6, who will comeback to compete in Madrid, had admitted on Sunday that playing Krystina is always tough for her: ‘When we play, matches are terrible. I don’t want to beat my sister. I have been thinking about it since the Prague draw came out yesterday (Saturday).’ Further analyzing her success in Stuttgart, Pliskova added: ‘I think it’s huge for me because I did some work, but not always after you do some good work, you get rewarded immediately with a title.
I didn’t think it’s going to be that easy or that quick that I’m going to do a title. I’m happy with the work I did before the tournaments, before Fed Cup’, Pliskova said in press conference.. ‘I was ready for the week even though I feel super tired now.
I think it was a great week with a lot of tough matches. I just stayed there mentally which is always important. I think it was a good start but hopefully I can [have] some more victories on clay.’