World No. 4 Karolina Pliskova wasn’t happy with the scheduling of Day 3 at the WTA Finals.
Pliskova played her opener at the WTA Finals in the evening session and the match lasted nearly two and a half hours.
Two days later, Pliskova returned to the court but this time her match was scheduled for the afternoon session.
On Friday, Pliskova stood no chance against Anett Kontaveit as the Estonian destroyed the Czech 6-4 6-0.
“It is very difficult to play one day very late at night, and the next day to do so very early in the day. I think that’s something this tournament should look at. There will always be one player who is going to play two games under identical conditions and another under totally different conditions. Today I suffered a lot because the conditions were totally different, the bounces of the ball were much higher, at night it is 15 degrees cooler. I think there is no ideal game plan under these conditions,” Pliskova said after her loss, per We Love Tennis.
Kontaveit earned her first win over Pliskova
Kontaveit beat Pliskova for the first time in her career and also booked a semifinal spot in Guadalajara.
“Of course, very thrilled to be in the semifinals,” Kontaveit said in her post-match press conference. “I thought I played a very good match. I think it was very important for me to be as consistent as possible. Took some time to get used to her serves. I felt like my game was getting better and better as the match went on.
“I think I wasn’t thinking about the fact that I was 3-0 down in previous matches [against Pliskova]. I think every time you step on the court, you have a new opportunity. The previous matches don’t really matter. It’s a new day and you have to beat the player you’re playing against. That’s how I approach the match.”