Louny, Czech Republic
Karolina Pliskova made a name for herself as a 17-year-old when she defeated Laura Robson for the 2010 Australian Open girls’ title. As a pro, she claimed her first singles title (Kuala Lumpur) and first doubles title (Linz) in 2013. She won Linz with her identical twin sister, Kristyna, making the pair the first twin sisters in WTA history to win a doubles title. In August of 2015, she cracked the Top 10 for the first time in her career (No. 7). An accomplished doubles player as well, she entered the Top 20 in doubles for the first time in June of 2016 (No. 19) after winning Birmingham with Barbora Strycova. The Czech helped her country win the Fed Cup title in 2015, leveling the tie 2-2 with a singles victory over Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and then sealing the title with a doubles victory (again partnering with Strycova). Pliskova won her first Premier title in Cincinnati in 2016, and reached her first Grand Slam final the following month, losing to Angelique Kerber in the U.S. Open final.
Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova clinched the Czech Republic's 2015 Fed Cup title with a three-set win over Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina: