Interview of the Day- Krystina Pliskova

27 September, 17:21

Winner here in  Tashkent  in 2016 , which remains her only title on the Tour  Krystina Pliskova has battled  many  tough moments  on and off the   courts  ,   Doing compartively well in Doubles  she won four titles   two with her twin sister Karolina  . Reaching the second semifinal here , Krystina Spoke to the Tashkent Open Media team

Good week so far for you Krystina ? 

A. Yes  I feel good this week , have lost a few close matches in the earlier few  weeks  . I decided to come  here by myself without parents , coaches , my team because ,  I wanted to be by myself , I'm sure that it  has  helped me to regroup

You had a good season in 2017  , but seem to have lost you way ?

I had   good year  in 2017  and was ranked as high as 35  , but I was injured at the end of the year  ,  last year I had the pressure of defending points  and  was also fighting lots  of demons in my mind , I was stressed and my  rankings started falling ,  I was fighting internally with myself and going through a lot. However now  I'm much more matured and relaxed a win will take me where I belong

Was it sibling pressure ?

Yes  I will admit  I  was affected by sibling pressure more than any other person , everyone compared me to my twin sister Karolina , there was always pressure on me ,   I was in public glare , people were expecting a lot from me ,  My performances were compared   and were measured against Karolina , it was difficult  to handle all this  at one time .  But now I think on one hand its pressure  and one hand it's good to have a sister like her whom I can set my goals

Had these issues  affected her  relationship with her twin sister ?

No not at all  , we are great friends , we talk a lot and also she helps me out  with tennis  . we also talk a lot on other things and  we are happy to be with each other her

So you plan to  play more doubles with her looking at a great record ?

Yes we have decided to play more  doubles together  , we have played doubles o earlier , next week we play doubles at China Open where we have received a   wild card ,   . When we were young both of us played a lot together , we won many tournaments .  This will also help improve rankings

My aim is to achieve  my best ranking of 35  that I had  and also try and be better , and also most importantly improve everyday game wise