Krejcikova will replace Pliskova in the Czech squad

Published 11/04/2018, 11:53 AM EST
Karolina Pliskova stunned home favourite and US Open champion Naomi Osaka this year in th ePan Pacific Open title in Tokyo

The World Number 8 tennis player,  Karolina Pliskova has been diagnosed with a calf injury during last week’s WTA Finals in Singapore. She reached the semi-final in Singapore where she lost to Sloane Stephens. And The 26-year-old, Czech Republican hasn’t regained her fitness completely for the next weekend event. The Czech Republic team will play in the Fed Cup final against the defending champion the United States. The Fed Cup final will be taking place at Prague’s indoor hard-court arena from November 10-11. Unfortunately, Pliskova will not participate in the event due to her calf muscle and wrist injuries.

Karolina Pliskova, Singapore, WTA Finals

Team’s spokesperson Karel Tejkal addressed the reporters about the Czech’s well being. She said, “Pliskova has been diagnosed a torn calf and renewed chronic problems with the wrist”. Pliskova tweeted with a regret and sorrow to miss the final, adding: “I was looking forward to the final very much, but after the examination, my start is not possible,” she wrote. “Already in Singapore, I had days when even walking hurt and I felt terrible, but I didn’t think it was important. Our team is so strong that the girls will replace me.”  Pliskova had been scouted in the squad alongside Petra Kvitova, Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Strycova. The same team defeated Germany in April’s semifinal.

The Czech Fed Cup squad

The World Doubles Number one Barbora Krejcikova will replace Pliskova in the Czech squad. The Czech squad will be captained by the two-time Wimbledon champion and the World Number seven Petra Kvitova. Barbora Strycova and the World Number 31 Katerina Siniakova are also part of the team. It’s the sixth final for the Czechs in eight years. Also, the Czech team has accomplished the Fed Cup ten times. Five of the victories came in the last seven years under the captaincy of Petr Pala.



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