Despite her recent title win in Brisbane and looking in ominous touch, fifth seed Karolina Pliskova says she shouldn’t be considered a favourite at this year’s Australian Open.
“I would definitely not take me,” she said on Saturday at Melbourne Park.
“There is still I think many more players better than me. It's the first Grand Slam of the year. Everyone was working hard in the off-season, so it's tough to say.”
The 24-year-old Czech’s preparation this year has seen her replicate the process that took her to the final of the 2016 US Open by taking a light week after her Brisbane success.
“If you're playing well, have a lot of matches, I don't see any reason to play another tournament,” she said.
“That's what I did in New York. So I just did it here. I don't know if it's going to work, but I just want to leave everything in this tournament, in this Grand Slam.