“It’s Huge Drama”: Karolina Pliskova Hits Back at Czech Media’s Negative Portrayal

Published 07/06/2021, 2:13 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in action during her second round match against Danielle Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


World No.13 Karolina Pliskova recently advanced to the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. She battled past Viktorija Golubic in straight sets in the quarters of the tournament and won the match quite easily- giving away just four games. The final scoreline of the match was 6-2, 6-2.

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In the post-match interview, Karolina Pliskova talked about how she deals with the negativity from the media. She mentioned that these statements from the media are sometimes brutal but they don’t matter much to her. However, she also revealed that she faces a lot of backlash whenever she moves out of the top-10 rankings, especially in her own country.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021. Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova celebrates after winning her second-round match against Danielle Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

“I think they can be quite brutal. I was five years in top 10. Then one week I’m not in top 10, and it’s like huge drama, especially in my country. I think these things, they just don’t help,” said Pliskova in the interview.

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It is quite clear that the Czech player received a lot of criticism from the Czech press after her humiliating defeat against Iga Swiatek in the finals of the Italian Open 2021. However, she has managed to silence her critics with some exceptional performances at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 so far.

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“There is not much you can do about it”- Karolina Pliskova on receiving negative comments from the media

Pliskova reflected that every player must learn to live with the negative comments that the media circulates. She believes that a player can do just nothing about them.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021. Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova during her second-round match against Danielle Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

“This is something you need to, like, accept and just learn how to live with that. I think there is not much you can do about it,” added the World No.13 player.

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Karolina Pliskova will next face Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Championships 2021 on July 8, 2021. Interestingly, she hasn’t lost a single set out of the ten that she has played at the tournament so far. Will she be able to conquer London this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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