Despite making it to the quarterfinals, he would not appear in it. Karolína Plíšková ended up in Dubai due to health problems. Her husband and manager Michal Hrdlička has revealed what the Czech tennis player is really dealing with.
In his duel with Kalinin, Plíšková decided to win the first set by a break of 6:5, and the second set was similar. However, the former world number one did not use two match points on his own serve, and Kalinin later equalized after winning 8:6 in the tie-break.
The deciding set was already directed by thirty year old Plíšková. The 2015 tournament finalists were supposed to meet world number one Šwiatek in the quarterfinals. She lost her only previous back to back match with Polka two years ago, 0:6.
“I’m very sorry, but I have to withdraw from the tournament. It’s a big disappointment, especially because I played in the final here a few years ago and I did very well this year. But after suffering from a virus and cramps hours after the match, I can’t continue,” said Plíšková on social networks.
Her husband later explained on Twitter what Karolína faced after the match: “Intestinal virus, convulsions all over, shaking… Very uncomfortable moment after almost three hours of fighting in intense heat.”
Plíšková won his way into the quarter-finals, but he would not play in it
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