“Quick Decisions”: Karolina Pliskova Opens Up About Her Preparations Ahead of Wimbledon Semi-final Clash Against Aryna Sabalenka

Published 07/08/2021, 7:39 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova celebrates winning her quarter final match against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic REUTERS/Paul Childs


The women’s singles semi-final at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship, is all set to kick start today. In a much-anticipated battle, former World No.1, Karolina Pliskova takes on the fierce Aryna Sabalenka. So far in the tournament, both the players have shown sheer dominance throughout the rounds and put on excellent performances.

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Coming on the back of emphatic victories in the quarter-finals, both women have gained centre attention in the campaign. However, while experience is key to one, strength and energy are the lethal attributes of the other. And naturally, 23-year-old Sabalenka has been the talk of the town, with many considering her the favorite to win the tournament.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka celebrates winning her first round match against Romania’s Monica Niculescu REUTERS/Toby Melville

“Quick decisions” key to a Karolina Pliskova victory?

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Not just well-aware but well-prepared as well, Karolina’s familiarity with her opponent might just give her the edge she needs. However, with the Belarusian’s pace, time is no friend of Karolina.

“There’s not going to be much time to think. What I should do. What I should not to do. Just quick decisions,” the Czech professional said.

With one of her best service performances in the tournament so far, Karolina cruised her way into the semi-finals. Using her experience, she blazed past her opponent with straight sets, winning the game 6-2, 6-2.

“Super happy to be through. It’s my first semi-final. First time on this court this year. I had to work really hard to get to this court,” Karolina said, reflecting upon her thumping victory.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova celebrates winning her quarter final match against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic REUTERS/Paul Childs

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Similar to her counterpart, Aryna too has been in fine form throughout the tournament. At 23, she ran a riot on the court in the quarter-finals against then favorite, Ons Jabeur.

Winning the game in straight sets as well, Aryna beat Jabeur with a scoreline of 6-4, 6-7. Tall, agile and energetic, Aryna thrives on outperforming her opponent.

Countdown begins

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Going into the semi-finals, the odds are pretty even for both the players. The only way to come out on the top is to outclass and outsmart the other. While both sharing similar attributes, the attitude might just be the difference-maker.

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On a stage where it doesn’t get bigger or better, it will be interesting to see who shows up in style. History books await for a name to be etched.

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