Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)
While their fellow compatriots were making light work of the German team in Fed Cup, twin sisters Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova from the Czech Republic have been sweeping aside competition on the ITF Pro Circuit in both singles and doubles and notching up significant ranking points along the way.
Karolina, ranked 148 and Kristyna, ranked 162 (according to WTA rankings published on 6th February 2012) have dominated the field in the two most recent tournaments in France - $25,000 Andrezieux-Boutheon (23.01.12) and $25,000 Grenoble (30.01.12) – taking home one singles and two doubles titles each.
The twins, from Louny, in the Czech Republic, first triumphed in doubles together on the ITF Pro Circuit exactly twelve months ago at the $25,000 tournament in Rancho Mirage, CA. The pair then went on to claim the $100,000 Vancouver doubles title in August 2011 – the highest prize money level available on the ITF Pro Circuit.
In singles, their head-to-head record is now even at three wins apiece, with Karolina coming back from a quarterfinal loss to her sister in Andrezieux-Boutheon to claim her third victory a week later in the final in Grenoble. With sisterly rivalry spurring both girls on, the final score was a well-fought 76(11) 76(6).
With Czech players experiencing such a successful run recently, all eyes will be on Lucie Hradecka this week at the $100,000 Midland, MI tournament as she vies for her third win at the Dow Corning Tennis Classic.
Will Lucie keep the Czech flag flying?