Published: 17:10 EDT, 30 June 2019 | Updated: 05:23 EDT, 1 July 2019
While they may look identical, one of these tennis twins is going into Wimbledon today as a favourite to win.
Karolina Pliskova has been singled out as the one to watch after she effortlessly defeated the reigning champion in a ‘perfect’ run at Eastbourne last week.
Kristyna, left, and Karolina. It looks as though the former world No 1 is as equally confident off court as she is on it as she poses topless with her identical twin Kristyna – who is also competing in the championship
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Wimbledon has changed its strict dress code to allow women to wear leggings or longer compression shorts without a skirt, dress or shorts over them.
Serena Williams wore skincoloured compression tights last year to avoid blood clots.
A schoolgirl of 15 making history as the youngest Wimbledon qualifier in the Open Era will face Venus Williams – the oldest woman in the draw at 39 –today.
Cori Gauff will play the fellow American and seven-time winner on Court One.
And it looks as though the former world No 1 is as equally confident off court as she is on it as she poses topless with her identical twin Kristyna – who is also competing in the championship.
The 27-year-old tennis sisters – who share a room while on tour – are unlikely to meet during the two-week tournament unless they both make it to the finals.
While the Czech twins are identical, right-hander Karolina is ranked No 3 in the world while her left-handed sister – older by two minutes but an inch shorter at 6ft – is ranked at No 95.
Karolina is going into Wimbledon in the best possible fashion after powering past the defending champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets to win her second title at Eastbourne.
But Kristyna actually beat her twin sister at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham last month – her first win over a top five player.
Karolina Pliskova has been singled out as the one to watch after she effortlessly defeated the reigning champion in a ‘perfect’ run at Eastbourne last week. The sisters are pictured at Birmingham last month
Speaking of her chances at Wimbledon, Karolina said: ‘I just need to be 100 per cent. I want to be with my legs on the ground and just to fight for every match.
I feel like I’m playing well. So if I can mentally be there and be focused I think there is big chance that I go far.’
Karolina will start her Wimbledon campaign today against China’s Zhu Lin and her sister will play her opening round match on Tuesday against Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan.