Karolina Pliskova‘s run at the Wimbledon 2021 ended on a bitter note as she finished as the runner-up in yet another Grand Slam finals. Karolina, who was up against World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty put on a brave fight but it was not enough for the day.
Barty went on to win the tie 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-3 in just under 2 hours to lift her 2nd Grand Slam title. Barty had won the 2011 Wimbledon Juniors and her wait finally ended as she won the title again in the Women’s Singles. As for Karolina, it was her 2nd Grand Slam final after making it to the 2016 US Open but was unsuccessful in winning the title.
Pliskova proud of her effort in the Finals of the Wimbledon 2021
Barty looked certain to win the 1st set without dropping a game as she raced to 4-0 after winning 14 straight points and at the end of the 4th game when 18 points were played, Pliskova had won just 2 while Barty won the remaining 16.
“It was not an ideal start to the final. I have to give credit to her, I didn’t start well but she also made it super difficult for me to just feel well. It was not a nice start, and I didn’t feel like I wanted to be there in the beginning of the match. I just found a way, that’s the most important thing. It was one of the best matches she played against me.
She was never off even though I came back in the second set being a break-down, it was a horrible start. But I am proud to get to 1-set all after losing 14-15 points in a row. I don’t have great experience of playing in Grand Slam finals, I had some nerves but I think I did quite good at the end to play a good match,” said Pliskova proud of the mini-comeback that saw her win the 2nd set.
Karolina Pliskova optimistic despite the loss in the finals
Karolina has won 17 Singles titles so far in her career and was also ranked the World No. 1 for a brief period of time in 2017. But her success is often undermined as she is yet to win a Grand Slam having turned Pro back in 2009.
“I always believe in that, but I think many people don’t. Definitely, now I have more trust, more belief. I think you always have to believe that things can go your way, that things can get better. I think losing is also something you need to learn. To know how to win and to know how to lose, you need to learn that.
“I think all the big champions and all the big names, everyone needs to learn this and they need to know to lose. In the end, somebody has to lose, I don’t want to behave like desperate people or super down.
“Of course, you can be down but just don’t show it to the people, they don’t want to see this. I think you need to accept that somebody played better and I know how to do that,” said Karolina in her last press-conference of the Wimbledon 2021.
Karolina can next be seen in action at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she will play in both the Singles and Doubles events.