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The Johanna Konta of Britain was one of the favourites to win the US Open title, but beat karolina Pliskova in a persuasive match.
In her final BBC Sport column the Czech third goddess speaks about her exit at Flushing Meadows, in New York, why it has not changed her perception she can win a Grand Slam – along with also her love for fishing.
Losing to Johanna Konta was disappointing but I would not say this was another opportunity missed to win my first Grand Slam.
Therefore it was going to be difficult, with an opponent that has been fourth in the world and I played with, and she performed the best I have seen her perform .
And when I’d won, I would have played with Serena Williams, and also perhaps Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals, therefore there wouldn’t be an easy game between today and the final.
The first couple of matches were somewhat simpler than they they could be, but this wasn’t a dream draw for me personally. The standard is so high in the women’s match but I’m still sure I have the game – that remains the objective.
In general, I played strong – it was not a tragedy and it was just nothing. I could do better.
Resulting by a set and a break supposed it was, naturally, a opportunity like I overlooked match things but it is not – it was very close all the way throughout the game.
After losing a game like that, I do not feel angry. You own a lot of emotion and stress during a tournament once you lose similar to those feelings are lifted, it is.
It is tough to talk about advantages since I really don’t find any.
Maybe it was my best game of the tournament but sometimes when somebody plays as well as Johanna did it is not enough. She played with more competitive than our games, although I had defeated on Johanna in six at tour level.
Before she thought she’d improved since I beat her in the Open final in Rome she said – and now I think she was 50 times better!
What impressed me was how she went for her shots a bit more, because typically I think she waits more for errors by her competitor, or plays crosscourt, but she moved for each shot and lots of times she struck the line. She had been brave and it paid off.
She served very nicely, particularly in the third place when she was behind on function and that I was 1 match. She did a excellent job by putting the pressure back on to me along with serving under pressure.
I’d say it had been her very best match of the championship so far, but it’s tough to say how far she can go.
She’s reached this portion of a Grand Slam a few times now, and semi-finals, but I’m not positive if she can go on to win it because Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka remain at the draw, while Elina will be demanding in the following round.
I will not watch the remainder of the tournament because of the time difference – I am flying back to Prague straight away – and there is no one who I’d be interested in staying up to watch.
Since the month was long, While I reach Prague I’ll take time off and I have not had many days off. Then I will consider my plan, and then the Asia swing this month, which starts.
My twin sister Kristyna is currently back into the Czech Republic as we’re away a great deal, so we’ll spend time, and I shall head house to Monte Carlo to get a few times also.
I will also get to see our little sister – she starts college this week and is six. She is very enthusiastic about that. She’s extremely clever, I think more than many six-year-olds, therefore she revel in it and must do well at college.
I wish I was still going to be here in New York all week, but it will be great to see her going for her first week to school there.
Apart from that, I’ll sleep, shopping and performing all the regular stuff – though I doubt I’ll have time to get fishing, which is one of my favorite hobbies!
I enjoy water a good deal. The Czech Republic does not have any coast so that I fish in lakes, ponds or rivers.
You will need a licence to fish so I have one of these though I went fishing in the Seychelles and Miami this past season to try different things and I know more about the seas there.
My father is a big fan of fishing – that’s where I get my love in – and he tries to educate me how once we go. But no fish that is large is caught by me!
If you wish to catch smaller fish it’s easier because you might grab every 20 or 30 minutes to one, but should you would like to go for weights you definitely want to be sitting for hours and hours maybe all night.
It’s a hobby that is relaxing. I don’t have my cellphone since you want to be concentrated and silent on when I am fishing, therefore it may be helpful for the mental part.
Once my tennis career is over I wish to go fishing but for now I just have a couple of days off every now and then I do not get the chance.
Karolina Pliskova talked to BBC Sport’s Jonathan Jurejko in Flushing Meadows
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