One list no one wants to be on come the end of their career is world number one without winning a Grand Slam.
At just 28, Karolina Pliskova still has plenty of time but the Czech will head to New York for the second time in her career as the top seed following multiple withdrawals with six of the top ten missing.
Pliskova was top seed at the US Open in 2017 but went out in the final eight as Sloane Stephens won her first Grand Slam but is no stranger herself to New York having made the final in 2015.
The Czech’s 2015 run was surprising as she won six matches in a row at a major to make her first final before losing to Angie Kerber but incredibly in her previous seven major tournaments only won seven matches.
It just happened for Karolina since with two Grand Slam semi-final appearances in thirteen events and still looking for her first Premier Mandatory title too.
Is there pressure? I think so. Despite the break the limelight is on you as No.1 seed and it comes with pressure.
Against top 20 ranked players in majors since the 2015 final she has won four of her nine matches and not beaten a top ten ranked player in a major since her semi-final win over Serena at the 2016 US Open almost five years ago now.
I like what Karolina brings, she brings a calmness to the court but we need a little bit of a spark. I’ve seen Karolina live a few time, I was there when she beat Serena at the 2019 Australian Open. Serena’s dip in the third was a surprise but she has the skill but needs to hone in on it.
With all respect to Karolina I call it “good to a point” and Karolina’s results at the big events show that.
She has had a lot of coaching changes in the last year or so as she finished working with Rennae Stubbs and Conchita Martinez and has teamed up with
She has had a lot of coaching changes in the last year or so as she finished working with Rennae Stubbs and Conchita Martinez and has teamed up with Olga Savchuk and Dani Vallverdu who is still working with Stan Wawrinka too.
I would like to see Karolina have that breakthrough at a major but the obstacles she will have to hurdle even with over 50% of the top ten out will be extremely tough and without a top ten win at a Grand Slam in five years adds pressure.