“I think just like not making the title is maybe better, because every time I go to a slam I win a tournament before,” Pliskova said of her Rome runner-up showing. “Maybe that can be the difference.
“But last year I played [Petra] Martic on clay [at Roland-Garros], so I think that was quite a tough draw and a tough match… There are some girls, which they play amazing on clay.”
When Pliskova defended her Brisbane title to open her season only to crash out at the Australian Open in the third round, it continued a worrying trend.
Another early exit ensued upon the tour’s return at the US Open and meant she had not passed the fourth round in her past five majors.
A semi-finalist at Roland-Garros in 2017 when she pushed Halep to three sets, Pliskova remained optimistic she could break her run of early slam departures in Paris, provided the doctor gave the all-clear on the upper left thigh injury.
“I think it's combination of just playing now every day and tough matches,” she said of the injury.
“But, yeah, I don't think I'm a favourite there [in Paris]. Actually, now like in the last couple of slams, I would not really think about being favourite there.