Karolina Pliskova said she was “not proud” of her tears on center court after losing the Wimbledon roller coaster final to Ashleigh Barty on Saturday.
World number one Barty triumphed 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 to clinch her second Grand Slam title after Roland-Garros 2019.
Pliskova has now lost both of the major finals she appeared in after being beaten in straight sets by Angelique Kerber at the 2016 US Open.
“It wasn’t the intention to cry because I don’t want to cry on the pitch. I want to cry in the locker room, but not on the pitch, ”said the 29-year-old Czech after the tears fell at the trophy presentation on the court.
“Just like too many emotions. Of course, I’ve been here in London for three weeks, in the bubble.
“So of course you’re a little tired. All the emotions, they go away. Yeah, not proud of that. “
Pliskova, a former world number one who had never passed the fourth round at Wimbledon before this year, had a final of contrasting fortunes.
She was down 4-0 in the first set, dropping the first 14 points before climbing to the table.
She then beat Barty in Game 12 of the second set as the Australian served for the title before sweeping away the tiebreaker.
But all her good work was undone in decider’s second game when she was shattered again and Barty didn’t need a second invite to win the title.
Pliskova entered the final after serving 54 aces, but it took the nervous Czechs the first game of the second set to advance to 55.
She had also been beaten only four times in her previous six games.
By the end of the final, she had given up serving six more times.
“It was a horrible start. That’s why I’m proud of how I found a way to come back to this game, ”she added.
Pliskova also admitted to having flashbacks to the Italian Open final in Rome on the eve of Roland Garros when she was blitzed 6-0, 6-0 by Iga Swiatek in 45 minutes.
“I was thinking of the final in Rome where I didn’t make a match. I thought, no, it’s not possible, it can’t happen again. “
Despite her disappointment, Pliskova believes her previous indifference at Wimbledon may help her overcome her Grand Slam drought.
His next chance is the US Open in New York which begins next month.
“It’s not that I didn’t like Wimbledon, but it was never my favorite place,” she said.
“I have never played well here. I have never felt so good here. But this time the feeling about this tournament has changed, the feeling about the people.
“I’m just going to try to come back stronger. Of course, there will be a next chance. I think of a lot of them. I’m not going to give up on this. So let’s see what it’s going to be. “
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