Karolina Pliskova lost to Simona Halep in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
Karolina Pliskova lost to Simona Halep in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Cancel late night matches: Pliskova

WORLD No.6 Karolina Pliskova says tournament organisers should reschedule matches that are delayed until late in the evening.

Pliskova revealed she didn't get to sleep until 7am on Tuesday morning after her match against compatriot Barbora Strycova started at 10.55pm on Monday night.

Out of the nine night sessions played at the Australian Open so far, women's matches have been scheduled to start on Rod Laver Arena after men's matches seven times.




No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki has been dealt a horror run twice already on her way to the semi-finals, including her quarterfinal match starting at 11.30pm on Tuesday night, while Australian Daria Gavrilova's second-round match started at 11.59pm on night three.

Pliskova defeated No.20 seed Strycova in three tough sets and was on court for two hours and 41 minutes, the match finishing just after 2.30am.

"I went to sleep at seven in the morning yesterday," the No.6 seed revealed after her straight sets quarterfinal loss to world No.1 Simona Halep.

Karolina Pliskova congratulates Simona Halep at the Australian Open.
Karolina Pliskova congratulates Simona Halep at the Australian Open.

"I think just these late night matches they should cancel."

It was a different story on Wednesday when Pliskova took to the court for her quarterfinal on Rod Laver Arena at just after 4pm.

The Czech said the late finish interrupted her preparation but did not use it as an excuse for her 6-3 6-2 loss.

"I put alarm at 12pm (midday) because I would not wake up, just to try to have a normal day," she said of her day off on Tuesday after the late finish.

"I went to hit. Overall after was fine but still it (my preparation) changed a little bit.

"I don't know if it would change the match. Probably not. I was feeling fine. Nobody's feeling, after 10 days of playing every day, 100 per cent ready or fit.

Daria Gavrilova bowed out in the second round.
Daria Gavrilova bowed out in the second round.

"Today was a day match. It's completely different story than I was playing the matches before. Every match for me was different story here."

Gavrilova admitted that playing a second-up night match can be "annoying", but she didn't feel disadvantaged by the Australian Open schedule.

Gavrilova - who was a guest at the Emirates ladies brunch on Wednesday - started her second-round clash against Elise Mertens at 11.59pm after a five-set epic win by Grigor Dimitrov.

She said Tuesday night - when Wozniacki's quarterfinal against Carla Suarez Navarro started at 11.30pm, got her thinking, but she refused to buy in to talk it should be assessed.

"The first night, I was finished by 10.20pm," Gavrilova said.

"But I think I was just lucky, because men's matches … all of them went at least three hours, so women won't get on before 10 o'clock. I was just thinking yesterday, because all the commentators were saying it and it was all over Twitter … I was at the tennis at 3pm without really realising that I wouldn't get on before 10(pm). It's just annoying, because it's going to be a long night and you need to be ready if someone pulls out.

"I didn't feel like it wasn't fair to me - I was just happy to play on Rod Laver."