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Karolina Pliskova was one of the favorites to win the US Open title, but was conquered by the Johanna Konta of Britain in a persuasive last-16 match.
In her final BBC Sport column the third seed talks about her exit in Flushing Meadows, from New York, why it hasn’t changed her belief she is able to win a Grand Slam – and also her love for fishing.
Losing to Johanna Konta was disappointing but I wouldn’t say this was another opportunity missed to win my first Grand Slam.
I played with an opponent that has been fourth on the planet, therefore it was always going to be difficult, and then she played the best I’ve seen her perform with.
And even if I had won, I’d have played with Serena Williams, and also possibly Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals, so there wouldn’t be a simple game between today and the final.
That was not a dream draw for me, although Perhaps the first few matches were somewhat simpler than they they could be. The standard is so high from the game of the women but I am still sure I have the sport to win some Grand Slam – that remains the goal.
I played solid in the tournament – it wasn’t a tragedy and it was nothing super. I could do much better.
Leading by a set and a rest supposed it was, naturally, a opportunity but it is not like I missed match things – it was all of the way throughout the game.
Immediately after having a match like that, I do not feel mad. You own a great deal of emotion and stress during a tournament so as soon as you lose like all those emotions are lifted, it’s.
It’s challenging because I really don’t see any to talk about positives.
It was my best match of the tournament but sometimes when someone plays as well as Johanna 23, it is not sufficient. I’d defeated Johanna in six of our seven preceding meetings at tour level, but she performed more competitive than our other matches.
She said until she thought she’d improved since I beat her in Rome in the Italian Open final – and now that I think she was 50 times greater!
What impressed me the most was how she went to her shots a bit longer, because normally I think she moans more for errors out of her competitor, or plays crosscourt, however she went for each shot and plenty of times she struck the line. She was brave and it paid off.
She served very well, particularly in the third set that I was always 1 match and when she was supporting on function. She did a fantastic job by functioning under pressure and putting the pressure back on to me.
I’d say it was her best game of the tournament so far, but it’s hard to say how far she can go.
She’s attained this portion of a Grand Slam a few times now, and also semi-finals, however I’m not certain if she can go on to win it because Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are still at the attraction, while Elina is going to be tough at the next round.
I will not see the remainder of the championship because of the time difference – I’m flying back to Prague straight away – and there is.
I’ll take some time off because the month has been long While I reach Prague and I haven’t had many days off. I will consider my plan, the Asia swing that begins.
My sister Kristyna is back into the Czech Republic since we are away a great deal, so we’ll spend some time with our loved ones, and maybe I shall return home .
I will also get to see our little sister – she is six and starts school this week. She’s very enthusiastic about that. She’s very clever, I believe more than, so she must do well at school and enjoy it.
Obviously I really wish I was going to be here in New York weekly, but it will be wonderful to see her going on her first week to college there.
Apart from that, I will be sleeping, purchasing and doing all the standard stuff – although I doubt I’ll have time to fishing, which is among my hobbies!
I like water a lot. The Czech Republic has no coast so that I fish in lakes, ponds or rivers.
So I’ve one of those, you will need a licence although I moved fishing in the Seychelles and Miami to try different things and I understand more about the oceans there.
My father is a huge fan of fishing – that is where I get my love by – and he tries to educate me how when we go. But no large fish is caught by me!
If you want to catch fish it’s simpler since you might possibly grab every 20 or 30 minutes to one, but if you would like to go for larger weights then you want to be sitting there for hours and hours maybe all night.
It’s a hobby. I really don’t have my phone on when I’m fishing as you will need to get focused and silent, so it may be helpful for the psychological part.
I want to go fishing more, once my tennis career is over, but for the moment I have a couple of days off every now and then so I don’t get the opportunity.
Karolina Pliskova was talking in Flushing Meadows to BBC Sport’s Jonathan Jurejko
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