Top seed Karolina Pliskova will sit out the rest of the week at the pre-US Open event in New York and is content to spend it inside the tennis anti-COVID bubble.

The Czech who took over the top spot in the field at the no-fan “Cincinnati” Masters being played at the US open site under strict bio-security in New York.

Pliskova inherited the top seeding when WTA No. 1 Ash Barty and second-ranked Simona Halep both gave the event a miss due to virus anxiety in the country whose death toll has now hit nearly 177,000.

As per health regulations which lock players in a quarantine environment between a specific hotel and the tennis venue, she will remain in the controlled ambience until the start of the US Open on Monday..

“It will be a week until the US Open, so it’s nothing,” she said. “We are not talking about a couple weeks or a month – so it’s absolutely fine. 

“I can practice at the same site on the same courts with the same balls. Everything is going to be the same.”

In the normal world, players leave an event and head to the next for practice a day after losing a match – but not now.

“I’m completely fine with this bubble,” she said. “Everybody is getting a little bit used to it; I don’t see any trouble by just not leaving this

place for a while. I’ve already been here for a week.”


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