Karolina Pliskova is a professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. She was the world No. 1 in singles for eight weeks after reaching the top of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings on July 17, 2017. In the doubles rankings, she peaked at world No. 11 on October 31, 2016. She has won three Fed Cups with the Czech Republic (2015, 2016, 2018). She’s also a strong doubles player, having won five titles and reaching the No. 11 spot on the WTA doubles rankings.
Pliskova turned pro in 2009 with a good career singles record of 562-309 matches. She is 21-12 this season, including a 6-2 record on grass. She rose to the top of the rankings in July 2017 and is now ranked 13th in the world as of June 28.
Becoming the World number one
Pliskova won three titles in 2017, defeating Cornet in Brisbane, Wozniacki in Doha, and Pliskova in Eastbourne (d. Wozniacki). After reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, she was ranked No. 3 in the world. In both Indian Wells and Miami, she reached the semifinals. Pliskova had a good run at Roland Garros but lost in the semifinals to Simona Halep.
Pliskova ultimately achieved World No. 1 status in July, becoming only the sixth player to do so without winning a Grand Slam. Pliskova was seeded first for the 2017 US Open after strong results at the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati. In the quarterfinals, she was defeated in straight sets by American Coco Vandeweghe. Pliskova finished the season in the semifinals of the WTA Finals, losing in straight sets to Caroline Wozniacki.
Pliskova’s greatest Grand Slam performance came in 2016 at the US Open. She reached her first Major final by defeating Venus Williams and Serena Williams, despite being seeded tenth. Pliskova was defeated by Angelique Kerber in a tight three-set match. She finished her season by competing at the 2016 WTA Finals, however she was unable to move past the first round. After reaching a career high of No. 5 in October 2016, she completed the year at World No. 6.