Pliskova: "We have made a good team with Conchita"

In the first season that she faces from the beginning with Conchita Martínez as coach, the Czech played Ace before the start of the Mutua Madrid Open.


A Karolina Pliskova has had a wonderful time joining Conchita Martínez's career. They started collaborating "by chance" in the last US Open, the Spanish account, and in the first season that the 27-year-old Czech start, has experienced a good moment of form (title in Brisbane, semifinals in Australia and lost final in Miami) until "a virus" has slowed its performance the last month and a half (only one game in Stuttgart) .

"We want to put more variety in your game, trying to make it less direct without losing aggressiveness, its essence: topspin effects, more mobility, finishing points on the net ... ", Conchita, who attended As with her pupil before the Mutua Madrid Open that starts this Saturday (she will debut against the Ukrainian Yastremska later). "We have made a good team with her (by Conchita)", confirms Pliskova. This year he played preseason in Tenerife, where he is his physical trainer, because in the Czech Republic, his base in recent years, "the weather is not good" and often sick. Also because "she likes Spain," Martinez slips, surprised because "it's completely different from what it looks like on the track." "He likes to have fun and laugh." For the appointment Madrid does not set clear goals because "just arrives."

Pliskova is with Petra Kvitova the reference of the last generation of Czech women's tennis. The heirs of Novotna or Sukova in a country that has won six times the Federation Cup in the last eight years. "The history of tennis in my country is huge, we have good coaches, good clubs and women especially I think we are doing a good job" , claims.

Among their 17 titles (only one Masters 1,000 and no Grand Slams of moment), Karolina has three in doubles with her twin Krystina. "It's not like I know what you're thinking right now, but I do not think anyone understands the special relationship we have, it's not like a brother and a sister, we care a lot for each other, we spend a lot of time together, we talk constantly and It's great when we coincide in a tournament because we share many things off the track, "he says. To share they share even the tattoos, of Maori style (their parents also carry): "They are the fighters of New Zealand and I fight for something every week".

In a volatile circuit like the WTA, Pliskova became number one seven weeks in 2017. Now it's five: "Until Petra (for Kvitova) won in Stuttgart, this year we had a different champion every week. regular, especially for us One week you play amazing and the other you do not find sensations We are not men and we can not be consistent during, say, ten years, like Djokovic or Federer It is very hard to be so long in the top ", aims Along with the Serbian and Swiss, alludes to the absence of Murray, a player "different" to the "missing" for their "concern for others" and "their support for women."

In Madrid, where his countrywoman Kvitova has already won three times and defends title, she has not reached that consistency she mentions except last year, when she reached the semifinals. But she is convinced that the Madrid brick dust, faster than others by the altitude of the city, "fits well" with her. Pressure? Any. More expectation: "Let's see what this year brings".



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