World No. 4 Karolina Pliskova has admitted that there won’t be easy matches at the WTA Finals but she hopes her experience at the season-ending event will help her in Guadalajara.
Pliskova, a former world No. 1, is set to make her fifth consecutive WTA Finals appearance.
Pliskova failed to make it past the group stage in her WTA Finals debut while her last two appearances at the event ended with a semifinal defeat.
“This is not a usual tournament. Of course, you play different, you have these groups. It happened to me that you lose, you play the other day and you have to win. There is many things going on here, not just like you lose you go home, you win you continue. It’s not a normal tournament,” Pliskova said, per the WTA website.
Pliskova hopes her experience will help her
Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Maria Sakkari, Paula Badosa and Anett Kontaveit are all set for a debut at the WTA Finals.
Pliskova has acknowledged that all of them are great players but she hopes her experience at the season-ending event will help her clinch wins.
“I think that experience can help me or should help me. On the other hand, I see so many of the young girls here who are playing for the first time, they’re so excited. I think sometimes this excitement can be dangerous because they are happy that they are here, they don’t care about anything else,” Pliskova said.
“They all had a great year, of course. Some of them, they had the last couple months, crazy, really good. Anett is still in my group, Paula winning Indian Wells, so there is a couple of them who played well, maybe they played earlier well. Depends of course how everybody feeling right now.
“Definitely I want to take advantage of the experience that I played already four times.”