April 27, 2021
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. How do you think you arrive in Madrid? After Stuttgart, how do you think your tennis is ready for play here in Madrid?
KAROLINA PLISKOVA: Well, as I said before, I went to Stuttgart in last moment, last decision, because I was not really practicing that much on clay before. I think was the best decision because I had some good matches and I felt like finally I played the game which I want to play. Almost, of course, beating Ashleigh in the quarterfinals, that would be amazing. I just think my tennis was quite good level there. I just hope to bring it from there here.
Of course, I had some success on these courts before, not like the biggest success, but I won couple matches. Hopefully I can improve my record here and play some good tennis.
Q. Do you actually feel right now you're a dangerous player again?
KAROLINA PLISKOVA: Sorry, what was the question?
Q. Do you think that right now you can be a dangerous player again here in Madrid?
KAROLINA PLISKOVA: Well, I hope. I believe always in that. I am sure even if I'm not playing well, I think many players are a bit, like, scared because for sure I had many success in the past. Still I have my serve. Even if I'm not playing the best, I can still, like, beat lot of players.
Of course, now it's super tough because everybody is playing well, especially on clay. Everybody tries to run, do everything possible to beat me. I believe that I can still win many matches.
Q. The draw was just made. Your first opponent, I don't know if you looked at the draw...
KAROLINA PLISKOVA: I didn't (laughter). But you can tell me, that's okay.
Q. It's Coco Gauff, your opponent.
KAROLINA PLISKOVA: I mean, amazing match because we never played. Not many girls which I've never, like, played before. For sure, she's one of the young stars that is on the top right now. She's playing quite well.
I don't know how is she on clay, to be honest. I don't know how she played maybe last year. Definitely a match to look forward to. Yeah, hopefully a good level match.
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