Dream not over for Pliskova

10 July 2021 03:50:08 GMTPlus11

Karolina Pliskova says that while her dream was simply to make the second week of Wimbledon, she is now ready to push world number one Ashleigh Barty all the way in Saturday's final.

The Czech world number 13 is 2/1 to beat top seed Barty, who is 2/5 to claim her second Grand Slam title.

Pliskova finished runner-up at the US Open in 2016, but has since struggled to emulate those heroics in Grand Slams, twice losing in major semi-finals.

The former world number one had not made it past the third round of a Grand Slam event since 2019 and had never gone beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon in eight previous attempts.

I think we both have good chances.

Karolina Pliskova

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But, things have fallen into place for Pliskova at the All England Club over the past fortnight and she has dropped just one set on her way to a second Grand Slam final.

The 29-year-old's list of SW19 scalps include French Open semi-finalist Tamara Zidansek, recent Berlin champion Liudmila Samsonova and world number four Aryna Sabalenka.

Pliskova came from a set down to defeat second seed Sabalenka and is excited for Saturday's showdown after arriving at SW19 with few expectations.

"I can't believe it because coming into this tournament the dream was to make the second week, of course, because I was not in the second week for a while," she said. "Never I thought about maybe going into the final.

"Of course, I don't want anybody else but her (Barty) there. It's a final. Anything can happen. Also for her, I know she has a Grand Slam, but also for her it is the first Wimbledon final. I think we both have good chances."

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