Kristina Pliskova speaks extremely highly of Maria Sakkari ahead of US Open matchup

World No. 4 Karolina Pliskova couldn’t hide her happiness after returning to the US Open quarterfinal for the first time since 2018. 

On Monday, Pliskova beat Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5 6-4 to make her fourth US Open quarterfinal. 

Pliskova’s last US Open quarterfinal appearance came in 2018, when she lost to Great Britain’s Johanna Konta. 

“It’s nice. I think it’s two, three years since I was in quarters. I lost to Serena, maybe three years. Of course, it’s good to be back in the second week as always on a Grand Slam. It’s always the goal in the beginning of the slam,” Pliskova said. 

“I mean, last year was not that great, the year before as well, of slams for me. I think it’s really good success that now I had Wimbledon finals of course and now I still have another chance to still go pretty far here in this tournament.

“I mean, it’s pretty open. Of course, there are opponents which are tough. But it’s in quarters so you cannot really expect anybody easy.

“I think if I still play maybe not like today but like yesterday and the days before, I think I have a good chance to beat all those girls.”

Pliskova ready for a tough Maria Sakkari challenge 

Pliskova will be fighting against world No. 18 Sakkari for a place in the US Open semifinal. 

The head-to-head between the two stands at 1-1. 

Sakkari beat Pliskova at the Rome Masters in 2018 but lost to the Czech at the same a tournament a year later. 

“Of course, she’s a tough player,” Pliskova said of Sakkari. “We’ve actually practiced once here before the tournament started. I mean, she’s a fighter. She actually I think really improved her game. She’s playing more aggressive than she used to play. She’s quite dangerous, beat good players this week. Also in Paris she played well. I think she’s having great year. I think she’s confident. It’s going to be difficult. I think I can be the one more aggressive in this match.”