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Karolina Pliskova looks to former Andy Murray coach for Slam breakthrough

The tall Czech ditched Spaniard Conchita Martinez in November despite winning a single-season career-high four titles in 2019.
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic plays against Ashleigh Barty of Australia.(AP)
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic plays against Ashleigh Barty of Australia.(AP)
Updated on Jan 05, 2020 02:27 PM IST
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Sharapova to return next month as Brisbane wildcard

The five-times Grand Slam champion, who last played a competitive match in the first round of the U.S. Open in August, has dropped to 133rd in the world after a season in which injuries restricted her to eight tournaments.
File image of Maria Sharapova(AP)
File image of Maria Sharapova(AP)
Updated on Dec 31, 2019 09:02 AM IST
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Ashleigh Barty tops end-of-season women’s ranking

With 7,851 points, Ashleigh Barty, who has topped the rankings since early September, eclipsed second-placed Karolína Plískova (5,940 points) by almost 2,000 points.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty poses with a trophy as she celebrates after winning the final against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.(REUTERS)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty poses with a trophy as she celebrates after winning the final against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 04, 2019 05:13 PM IST
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Ashleigh Barty comeback sets up WTA decider against Elina Svitolina

The French Open champion prevailed 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 53 minutes in a matchup of the top two ranked players in the world.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty reacts during her semi final match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty reacts during her semi final match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 02, 2019 11:02 PM IST
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Simona Halep defends coach Darren Cahill after courtside dressing down

Halep lost a see-saw battle with the Czech to exit the end-of-season championship after the group phase, while Pliskova will meet Australia’s world number one Ashleigh Barty in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Romania's Simona Halep reacts during her group stage match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Romania's Simona Halep reacts during her group stage match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 02, 2019 05:37 PM IST
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Shenzhen | ByReuters

WTA Finals: Pliskova, Svitolina through to semi finals

The world number two lost six straight games in the second and third sets but eventually prevailed 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 in one hour and 43 minutes to secure the Purple Group’s second spot.
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reacts after scoring a point against Simona Halep.(AP)
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reacts after scoring a point against Simona Halep.(AP)
Updated on Nov 01, 2019 09:25 PM IST
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Elina Svitolina hits form to storm into semifinals of WTA finals

The world number eight took advantage of an error-strewn Halep and prevailed 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 39 minutes at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre.
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina reacts during her match against Romania's Simona Halep.(REUTERS)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina reacts during her match against Romania's Simona Halep.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 30, 2019 07:02 PM IST
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Simona Halep mounts raging comeback for win over Bianca Andreescu

Andreescu, who at 19 is the youngest player in the draw, had a match point in the 12th game of the second set but was unable to convert and fell away after that.
Simona Halep of Romania gestures after defeating Bianca Andreescu of Canada.(AP)
Simona Halep of Romania gestures after defeating Bianca Andreescu of Canada.(AP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2019 11:38 PM IST
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Elina Svitolina eases past Karolina Pliskova in WTA finals

The eighth seed started her title defence impressively with a 7-6 (14/12), 6-4 win in one hour and 53 minutes at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre.
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates winning her match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates winning her match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 28, 2019 08:08 PM IST
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WTA Rankings: Naomi Osaka returns to top three after seeing off Ashleigh Barty in Beijing

French Open winner Barty retains top spot and even extends her lead following the failure of Karolina Pliskova to get past the first round in China.
Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning China Open with her trophy.(REUTERS)
Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning China Open with her trophy.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 07, 2019 04:31 PM IST
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Ashleigh Barty’s number one spot under pressure from Karolina Pliskova

Ashleigh Barty heads into her first round match against Caroline Garcia at the Wuhan Open with a 321-point lead over Karolina Pliskova in the rankings.
A file photo of Karolina Pliskova (CZE).(USA TODAY Sports)
A file photo of Karolina Pliskova (CZE).(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Sep 23, 2019 04:54 PM IST
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World number two Karolina Pliskova qualifies for WTA Finals in Shenzhen

The big-serving Czech reached the semi-finals of the last two editions of the tournament held in Singapore, losing to eventual winner Caroline Wozniacki in 2017 and runnerup Sloane Stephens last year.
Karolina Pliskova at the US Open.(AP)
Karolina Pliskova at the US Open.(AP)
Updated on Sep 16, 2019 01:45 PM IST
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Karolina Pliskova beats Petra Martic in Zhengzhou Open to win her fourth title of 2019

Karolina Pliskova won 74% of her first service points, fired seven aces and broke the Croatian four times in a rain-interrupted match that was initially delayed by more than five hours due to heavy rain.
Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic hits to Mariam Bolkvadze of Georgia (not pictured).(USA TODAY Sports)
Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic hits to Mariam Bolkvadze of Georgia (not pictured).(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Sep 15, 2019 11:44 PM IST
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Bianca Andreescu jumps into top five as Ashleigh Barty grabs top ranking

Eliminated in the first qualifying round in New York a year ago, Bianca Andreescu rose 10 places to number five after beating Serena Williams in the final on Saturday.
US Open winner Bianca Andreescu poses with her trophy.(REUTERS)
US Open winner Bianca Andreescu poses with her trophy.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 09, 2019 04:30 PM IST
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US Open: Elina Svitolina serves her way past Keys into quarter-finals

With Keys, who finished runnerup in 2017, struggling with her backhand, Svitolina won 92 percent of her first serve points and did not face a single break point during the 75-minute clash under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights.
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine celebrates(USA TODAY Sports)
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine celebrates(USA TODAY Sports)
Published on Sep 02, 2019 09:13 AM IST
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Third seed Karolina Pliskova ousted by Britain’s Johanna Konta at US Open

The 16th-seeded Konta, who has reached the semis of all the other Grand Slam tournaments, struggled at times to overcome the hard-serving Pliskova, blowing a 5-3 in the first set and having to overcome 16 aces.
Johanna Konta, of the United Kingdom, pumps her fist after winning a point.(AP)
Johanna Konta, of the United Kingdom, pumps her fist after winning a point.(AP)
Published on Sep 02, 2019 01:56 AM IST
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Karolina Pliskova, Kei Nishikori reach US Open third round

Karolina Pliskova pounded nine aces and won 90 percent of her first-serve points at Arthur Ashe Stadium, which had its retractable roof closed due to rain.
Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic hits to Mariam Bolkvadze of Georgia.(USA TODAY Sports)
Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic hits to Mariam Bolkvadze of Georgia.(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Aug 28, 2019 11:48 PM IST
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Novak Djokovic rolls at US Open as Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova fight through

Novak Djokovic, who has won four of the past five Grand Slam singles titles, dispatched Spain’s 76th-ranked Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Roberto Carballes Baena, of Spain.(AP)
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Roberto Carballes Baena, of Spain.(AP)
Updated on Aug 27, 2019 04:56 PM IST
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Kei Nishikori, Karolina Pliskova reach US Open second round

Nishikori’s serve clicked from the start and the seventh seed won 90 percent of his first-serve points while never facing a break point against the Argentine in 47 minutes on Grandstand.
Kei Nishikori of Japan hits to Marco Trungelliti (not pictured) of Argentina.(USA TODAY Sports)
Kei Nishikori of Japan hits to Marco Trungelliti (not pictured) of Argentina.(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Aug 26, 2019 10:46 PM IST
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Naomi Osaka returns to number one in WTA rankings

Naomi Osaka first hit top spot in January, after winning back-to-back majors in New York and Melbourne, making history as the first Japanese player to achieve it.
Naomi Osaka hits a ball to Serena Williams during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament.(USA TODAY Sports)
Naomi Osaka hits a ball to Serena Williams during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament.(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Aug 12, 2019 04:16 PM IST
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Serena Williams advances at Rogers Cup, Karolina Pliskova stretches No. 1 bid

Williams, a 37-year-old American who will try for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the upcoming US Open, would face Osaka in the last eight.
Serena Williams hits a ball to Ekaterina Alexandrova during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Aviva Centre.(USA TODAY Sports)
Serena Williams hits a ball to Ekaterina Alexandrova during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Aviva Centre.(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Aug 09, 2019 06:58 AM IST
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Toronto, Canada | ByAgence France-Presse

Karolina Pliskova keeps no. 1 hopes alive by reaching Toronto quarters

Karolina Pliskova saw off Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 to set up a last-eight clash with either Canadian rising star Bianca Andreescu or fifth-seeded Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens.
Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic hits a shot against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.(AFP)
Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic hits a shot against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 08, 2019 11:32 PM IST
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Barty suffers shock second-round loss in Toronto

With the loss, Barty could lose her number one ranking if Naomi Osaka wins her second-round match on Wednesday or if Czech Karolina Pliskova reaches the semi-finals.
Ashleigh Barty, of Australia(AP)
Ashleigh Barty, of Australia(AP)
Updated on Aug 07, 2019 12:49 PM IST
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Serena Williams wary of Riske factor at Wimbledon

The 37-year-old seven-time champion is moving into something resembling her best form after an unconvincing first week but will not take Tuesday’s quarter-final opponent Alison Riske lightly.
Serena Williams of the U.S. in action(REUTERS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. in action(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 09, 2019 12:13 PM IST
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Karolina Pliskova out of Wimbledon last 16, Ashleigh Barty keeps top spot

The world number 68 Muchova triumphed 4-6, 7-5, 13-11 in a three-hour, 17-minute tie which came agonisingly close to supplying the tournament’s first ever 12-12 final set tie-break.
Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova celebrates during her fourth round match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova celebrates during her fourth round match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 08, 2019 11:50 PM IST
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London | ByAgence France-Presse

Wimbledon: Karolina Pliskova on the fast lane to success against Monica Puig

Karoiina Pliskova showed why she is considered as one of the front runners for this year’s Wimbledon crown.
Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova celebrates winning her second round match against Puerto Rico's Monica Puig.(REUTERS)
Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova celebrates winning her second round match against Puerto Rico's Monica Puig.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 03, 2019 09:59 PM IST
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London | ByReuters

Wimbledon 2019: Karolina Pliskova follows Eastbourne triumph with slower win

Third seed Karolina Pliskova bludgeoned her way into the second round of Wimbledon on Monday, using her huge serve and searing forehand to fend off tenacious Chinese challenger Zhu Lin 6-2 7-6(4).
Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova reacts during her first round match .(REUTERS)
Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova reacts during her first round match .(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 01, 2019 11:00 PM IST
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Karolina Pliskova dominates Angelique Kerber to take Eastbourne title

Karolina Pliskova cruised to her second Eastbourne International title with a 6-1, 6-4 destruction of Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber.
Czech player Karolina Pliskova holds the trophy after winning against German Angelique Kerber.(AP)
Czech player Karolina Pliskova holds the trophy after winning against German Angelique Kerber.(AP)
Updated on Jun 29, 2019 07:56 PM IST
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Karolina Pliskova, Angelique Kerber to clash for Eastbourne title

three Karolina Pliskova eased past Kiki Bertens 6-1, 6-2 on Friday to reach the Eastbourne WTA final where she will face Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber.
Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova celebrates winning her semi final match against Netherlands' Kiki Bertens.(Action Images via Reuters)
Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova celebrates winning her semi final match against Netherlands' Kiki Bertens.(Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on Jun 29, 2019 12:31 PM IST
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Uncertainty over Serena Williams fitness, Naomi Osaka form at Roland Garros

Serena Williams is still waiting for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam triumph, with her last victory coming at the 2017 Australian Open shortly before taking a break from the sport due to pregnancy.
Japan's Naomi Osaka returns the ball to Madison Keys of the US during their women's singles third round match.(AFP)
Japan's Naomi Osaka returns the ball to Madison Keys of the US during their women's singles third round match.(AFP)
Updated on May 23, 2019 06:21 AM IST
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