Pliskova has eyes on Singapore spot

19 September 2017 06:24:51 EST

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova says her main focus in the coming weeks is to ensure she qualifies for the end-of-season WTA Finals.

Pliskova currently stands at number four in the world rankings and also fourth in the Race To Singapore list for the WTA Finals, which take place in late October.

For now, my main goal is to get to Singapore.

Karolina Pliskova

And the Czech will be without a full-time coach in the run-up to the action in Singapore, having recently parted company with David Kotyza.

However, the former US Open finalist is not too concerned about that situation, as she prepares to take to the court at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan.

She told the Kyodo news agency: "Obviously I need a coach, but it's not the main thing in my team. I can play good even without a coach.

"For now, my main goal is to get to Singapore. Anything can happen, I think it's about a few points, so every tournament it can change.

"I just want to play well and, if I play well, I have a chance to get to world number one again."

Pliskova backed up her run to the final at Flushing Meadows last year with quarter-final appearances at both the Australian and US Opens and a place in the semi-finals of the French Open this season.

Her only early exit from a Grand Slam in 2017 came at Wimbledon, where she was beaten by Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova in round two.

Pliskova is priced at 14/1 to win the US Open in 2018, while she can be backed at 14/1 to triumph at the French Open.

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