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Karolína Plíšková

Karolína Plíšková is a Czech professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 and is currently ranked No. 3 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

Karolína has won sixteen singles and five doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as 10 singles and six doubles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. On 31 October 2016, she peaked at world No. 11 in the doubles rankings.

She reached her first and, as of today, only Grand Slam final at the 2016 US Open, where she was runner-up to Angelique Kerber in three sets.

As a junior, Plíšková won the girls’ singles event at the 2010 Australian Open, defeating Laura Robson in the final. She has also played for the Czech Republic in Fed Cup competition.

  • Full name: Karolína Plíšková
  • Profession: Czech tennis player
  • Born: 21 March 1992 (age 28 years), Louny, Czechia
  • Height: 1.86 m
  • Spouse: Michal Hrdlička (m. 2018)
  • Country (sports): Czech Republic
  • Tour Finals: SF (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Coaches: Conchita Martínez (2018–2019), Rennae Stubbs (2018–2019), Daniel Vallverdú (2020–), Olga Savchuk (2020–)
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About Karolína Plíšková

Plíšková was born in Louny to Radek Plíšek and Martina Plíšková, and has an identical twin sister, Kristýna, who is two minutes older and is also a tennis player.

She currently lives in Monte Carlo. In 2018 she married her boyfriend Michal Hrdlička. As she decided to take his last name, her present official name is Karolína Hrdličková (Czech pronunciation: [ˈkaroliːna ˈɦr̩dlitʃkovaː]).


Plíšková utilizes an extremely aggressive style, highlighted by her powerful, accurate serve as well as her forceful groundstrokes often in tandem with her net play, to extract errors from opponents or win points outright.

She also shows accuracy and power on mid-court shots, sometimes following them to net. In the 2016 US Open final, she won 80% of her serve-and-volley points.

Plíšková has had several coaches throughout her career: Jiří Vaněk (2014–16), David Kotyza (2017), and Tomáš Krupa (2017–18).

Her current coach is since the end of 2018 Conchita Martinez. Rennae Stubbs was her coach for the 2018 edition of the US Open and then she returned to her TV commenting.

in November 2019, Plíšková announced that the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) coach Daniel Vallverdu will replace 2016 US Open finalist’s former coach, Conchita Martinez.