Pliskova through to semi-final
Originally published on 07/09/16 00:00
They had never played one another before and both came into the quarter-finals with victories over higher ranked players. Konjuh defeated No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round and Karolina Pliskova had beaten Venus Williams in a match that lasted two hours and twenty-four minutes.
Bearing this in mind, perhaps it was not surprising that on the day the first women’s quarter-final did not prove to be an epic struggle, rather the No.10 seed and more experienced Pliskova defeated the Croatian teenager 6-2 6-2.
“I wasn't at my best level today for sure, but she was just too good,” said Konjuh. “Her serve is just too good. Today on the court, you know, she found her rhythm and took the opportunities that I gave her.”
Pliskova won 92% of her first serve points, as well as hitting 83% of her returns in. The 24-year-old also made only 12 unforced errors compared with Konjuh’s 27.
The Czech said: “I don't know if she was a little bit nervous or she was playing totally different opponent the last match, so maybe it was different for her so she was not that ready for a big serve. But I played Venus, so I was ready for all. I. I knew if I played the same way how I was playing Venus, I'm going to get a chance and win a match.”
The 18-year-old was disappointed with the match, but as a result of her best ever Grand Slam result to date her ranking is forecast to rise to around 51 next week. "My goal was to get into the top 50 this year, so I still have a few tournaments.” Konjuh said.