World No.11 Karolina Pliskova says her preparation for the Australian Open could not be any better, declaring she feels capable of beating anyone in the world.
The 23-year-old said she hoped to build on a `pretty solid’ 2015, which was highlighted by a win in the Fed Cup and making the final in Dubai.
And, while she has her sights set on entering the top 10 this year, going deep into grand slam tournaments is also high on her agenda.
“The top 10 is the goal, she said.
“But I have different goals (such as) the grand slams where I didn’t have any good results yet, so I am really looking forward to this year improving in the grand slams.
Pliskova has started her preparation well, leaving Perth with two wins from three singles matches at the Hopman Cup, where she was a replacement player for the ill Lucie Safarova.
She admits that transitioning from the European winter to Australian summer, where temperatures have reached 42 degrees this week, was tough.
But while she lost to world No.19 Elina Svitolina from the Ukraine in straight sets, she felt she had played well all week.
She beat Australia’s Jarmila Wolfe in straight sets and Vicky Duval, from the USA.
“I think if I am feeling well and ready I can beat anyone,” she said.
“I think I was playing quite solid the whole week. I had some matches, which was important. Just cannot be better preparation for Melbourne, even for Sydney.”
Pliskova lost to her countrywoman Petra Kvitova in the final at the Sydney International last year before going down to the 10th seed, Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova, in the third round at the Australian Open.
She also enjoyed wins in 2015 against top 10 players Angelique Kerber of Germany, Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic and Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro.