Karolina Pliskova added two WTA titles to her haul in 2014, to go along with three runner-up showings, and a terrific fall seems to be an indication of things to come.
WTA Staff

The highlights for 22-year-old Karolina Pliskova in 2014 were plentiful.

Pliskova reached the first of what would be five WTA finals on the season in Pattaya City. En route to her second in Nürnberg, she scored her career-best win over World No.9 Angelique Kerber.

Pliskova's season really took off during the fall Asian swing, highlighted by being runner-up in Hong Kong, champion in Seoul and champion in Linz. In fact, her victory in a marathon Linz final was her 16th in 19 matches.

Pliskova had some Grand Slam success in 2014 too, as her defeat of World No.9 Ana Ivanovic at the US Open not only matched her career-best win, but put her into the third round of a major for the first time.

After appearing as an alternate at the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions, Pliskova's year-end ranking was No.24, 43 places higher than at the end of 2013 - another indication of where she's headed.

"There are always things to improve," Pliskova said. "My movement isn't that great. And my serve can be up and down sometimes, so we'll have to practice that a little bit more. I'll have to do some strength conditioning and running, too. I'm looking forward to it."

At least when it comes to her serve, some may say Pliskova is being hard on herself, for her 435 aces in 2014 trailed only Serena Williams. But nevertheless, if she does continue to improve, the Top 20 appears a likely landing spot for the Czech.