Karolina Pliskova Rallies Past Sabalenka For Wimbledon Final Clash With Ash Barty

Karolina Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova came back from a set down to finally down Aryna Sabalenka 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 and set up a final clash with Ash Barty, the top seed, for the Wimbledon trophy. Barty had earlier defeated Angelique Kerber, the 2018 champion, in the other semi-final.

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova has made it to her maiden Wimbledon final after rallying from a set down against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, the world number 4 at the Centre Court on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Karolina Pliskova will be looking to capture her first Grand Slam title. The Czech has only made it to the final of the US Open back in 2016 where she lost to Angelique Kerber.

She will be up against another Wimbledon debutante in the Australian Barty.

Karolina Pliskova Found It Hard In The First Set Before Finally Prevailing

Pliskova found the going tough against 2nd seed Sabalenka. She was the first seeded player she was facing in the tournament. She dropped the only break point she faced with a double fault.

She came back strongly in the second set and countered the 23-year-old’s booming serve of 193 km per hour. She broke through the midway and held on to level at 1 all.

Sabalenka was playing her first Grand Slam semi-final and fought to maintain consistency. Her 18 aces were nullified by 20 unforced errors including one that gave Pliskova an early break in the deciding set.

The Belarussian rallied and was constantly aggressive but the calm and composed Pliskova held her nerve and never seemed in any danger after her first set loss. She rarely struggled on her serve and finally booked a place in the final to be held on Saturday.

Karolina Pliskova went into her semi-final match with the best record at crucial moments. She had a remarkable success rate of 86% winning 18 of her 21. Barty has won 5 of their 7 previous meetings, but on current form, Pliskova will not be a pushover.