Pliskova blasts ‘brutal’ critics after storming into first Wimbledon semi-final

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LONDON – Karolina Pliskova reached her first Wimbledon semi-final on Tuesday (July 6) with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic and then took a swipe at her critics for their “brutal” treatment.

Former world number one Pliskova, now ranked 13, will face Belarus second seed Aryna Sabalenka on for a place in Saturday’s final.

Pliskova has yet to win a Grand Slam title despite contesting 36 majors with her best a runners-up spot at the 2016 US Open.

“I’m super-happy to be through to my first semi-final at Wimbledon,” said the 29-year-old Czech who will be playing in her fourth Slam semi-final.

Her last appearance in a major semi-final was at the 2019 Australian Open.

“This was my first appearance on Court One this year and I had to really hard to get to this court.

“I feel like I am improving with every match.” Pliskova has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon this year and has been broken just three times in five rounds.

Her eight aces on Tuesday, meanwhile, took her tally to 40.

“I have had good preparation and hopefully this will continue.”

Despite her happiness a completing a full set of semi-final appearances at all four majors, Pliskova hit out at doubters who questioned her future in the sport when she fell out of the world top 10 on the eve of Wimbledon.

Until then, she had been a regular in the top 10 since 2016.

“The Internet is the biggest problem,” said Pliskova who had failed to get to the second week of a Slam in her last five outings.

“Not that I would really read all the messages and all the comments, but sometimes you just see something or like some articles.

“I think they can be quite brutal. I was five years in the top 10. Then one week I’m not in the top 10, and it’s like huge drama, especially in my country. I think these things, they just don’t help.”

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