With three Top 10 players already set to miss the US Open, WTA No. 3 Karolina Pliskova is bucking the trend and vowing to front up when the Grand Slam starts in New York on August 31.
Already, top-ranked Ash Barty will not be leaving Australia for a trip to the US during the current COVID-19 crisis; No. 2 Simona Halep remains unconvinced – but still in the entry – while Kiki Bertens and Elina Svitolina have both pulled the plug on playing the Open.
Not so for Pliskova:
“Even though I keep thinking the situation is changing every day, nobody knows what will come, but I really believe we will play,” she told the Czech News Agency.
The 2016 finalist added that her confidence remains high that the no-fan, under-quarantine event can be somehow be managed:
“The worst-case scenario would be if we left (Europe) and they sent us back (due to perhaps a possible virus test among players). We’ve already had this experience (last March when Indian Wells was cancelled with almost all players already onsite in California.”
“I’ve decided I want to play and this shouldn’t be a problem,” the 28-year-old said.