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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday October 23, 2020

It was a frustrating end to a difficult season for Karolina Pliskova, and one that the Czech would like to put behind her as soon as possible.

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Pliskova, who fell to Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday at Ostrava to drop to 14-8 overall, says she was never able to find the rhythm after she returned from the five-month hiatus due to coronavirus.

"Maybe I didn't really find the rhythm of tournaments and of playing matches and travelling," she said. "Of course I'm just happy that there were some tournaments actually, because otherwise it would be too long. Hopefully next year is going to be much better, much different, and back to a little bit of normal, like we are used to."

The 28-year-old Czech, currently ranked No.6 in the world, never reached past the third round at a Slam this year. She did manage a final in Rome just prior to Roland Garros, but a thigh injury stopped her momentum ahead of Paris and she was bounced out of the French Open draw by Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.

This summer Pliskova fell at the US Open in the second round against Caroline Garcia.

Pliskova said that the frantic nature of switching surfaces and playing Slams two weeks apart this autumn made things difficult for her. She says she never really got to get into her comfort zone and she hopes 2021 will be different.

"I need more time to adapt on the surface, on the week, where I actually play,” she said. “I think nothing really worked out. I thought Rome was quite good, I played some good matches there, otherwise it was so-so.

"There is plenty of time to think about it and do a new plan."

Pliskova added that there are bigger problems than her loss today on home soil in Ostrava. She's planning to shake off the disappointment and hope to find her way back to top form in 2021.

"The world is having much different problems that just losing in Ostrava," she said. "Of course it's never happy and never exciting to lose, but you have to just take it and you can change something in the next tournament or next weeks. Anyway, the year is done, so I have to put it behind me and just hope that next year is going to be better, and I had plenty of good seasons in a row, so one bad season, maybe it was time for it to come."

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