First Wimbledon final helps Karolina Pliskova put painful year behind her

After dropping out of the top 10 for the first time since 2016, the Czech has bounced back to face Ashleigh Barty

As the clock struck 12am on the first Monday of Wimbledon, one of the few remaining pillars of stability in women’s tennis crumbled. Ever since the summer of Karolina Pliskova’s dreams in 2016, when she breezed to the US Open final immediately after winning in Cincinnati, she had been a permanent, consistent fixture in the top 10.

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