Karolina Pliskova won her third title in Brisbane and now she reflected on how important it is to defend the title.

Last year, as a fifth-seeded player, Pliskova won in Brisbane for the second time. This year she had an opportunity to defend the title. And she was successful in doing so, however, she thinks she really had to fight this year, in order to win the title.

“I think that’s more special than winning is that I finally defend. That’s always, I think, harder. But, yeah, it took me a couple of years to do it, but pleased with that. This time, I don’t think it was [my] perfect tournament, maybe last year I played here and there a little better, but maybe I was fighting more this time and just somehow [found] a way to win the matches, which is important. And I beat only good top players, so there was nobody really easy this time.”

Pliskova also commented on conditions in Brisbane, when she said: “It feels like more an inside court, so it’s not really open and feels like indoors. So I think anytime I just play good indoors. I won a couple of titles indoors too, so the conditions are perfect for me. There’s no wind, no sun, so I can really hit it full power and the ball’s not going to go really anywhere. And I like it here. Now I have a lot of memories here so there is no reason to not be playing well here.”

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Author: Erik Virostko