108 Facts About Karolina Pliskova


Karolina Pliskova is a former world No 1 in singles, reaching the top of the Women's Tennis Association rankings on 17 July 2017 and holding the position for eight weeks.

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Karolina Pliskova has reached two Grand Slam singles finals at the 2016 US Open and the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

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Karolina Pliskova has played for the Czech Republic in Fed Cup competition.

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Karolina Pliskova was born in Louny to Radek Plisek and Martina Karolina Pliskova, and has an identical twin sister, Kristyna, who is two minutes older and is a tennis player.

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Karolina Pliskova won the Australian Open junior title, defeating Laura Robson in the girls' final.

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Karolina Pliskova played her first senior Grand Slam tournament main draw at the 2012 French Open.

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Karolina Pliskova lost in the first round to world No 8, Marion Bartoli, in straight sets.

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Karolina Pliskova however lost to Olga Puchkova in the first round in two sets.

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Karolina Pliskova won her maiden WTA Tour title at the Malaysian Open.

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Karolina Pliskova defeated several seeded players to reach the final against the American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, defeating her in three sets.

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Karolina Pliskova began her year at the Brisbane International where she defeated former world No 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion, Victoria Azarenka, in the first round before losing in the second.

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Karolina Pliskova reached her first WTA Premier-level final at the Apia International Sydney, defeating Carla Suarez Navarro and Angelique Kerber before losing to fellow Czech, Petra Kvitova, in two tie-breaking sets.

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At the first Grand Slam event of the year in Australia, Karolina Pliskova reached the third round before losing to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

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Karolina Pliskova then played at the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Championships and reached the final as the 17th seed, along the way beating No 4 seed Ana Ivanovic, fellow Czech Lucie Safarova, and the rising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.

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Karolina Pliskova lost in the final against the top seed Simona Halep.

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Karolina Pliskova then played in Indian Wells, where she won a rematch with Muguruza in the third round before losing again to Halep.

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In Miami, Karolina Pliskova reached the quarterfinals where she lost to Andrea Petkovic.

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Karolina Pliskova lost in the second round of French Open as 12th seed to unseeded Andreea Mitu in straight sets after beating Zhang Shuai in the first round.

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Karolina Pliskova reached another final at Aegon Classic, losing to Angelique Kerber in three sets.

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Karolina Pliskova lost to Agnieszka Radwanska at Aegon International in the third round.

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At Wimbledon, Karolina Pliskova defeated Irina Falconi in three sets before losing to CoCo Vandeweghe in the second round.

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Karolina Pliskova made another final at Stanford Classic, losing to Angelique Kerber.

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Karolina Pliskova made another two quarterfinals at Toray Pan Pacific Open and Wuhan Open, losing to Agnieszka Radwanska and Roberta Vinci respectively, but lost in the first round of China Open to Sloane Stephens in straight sets.

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Karolina Pliskova lost in second round of the Kremlin Cup to Anastasija Sevastova.

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Karolina Pliskova reached a tour-leading sixth final at the WTA Elite Trophy but lost to Venus Williams in straight sets.

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Karolina Pliskova ended the year ranked No 11 in singles and was the 13th most popular player of the year according to the WTA's website.

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Karolina Pliskova played as Czech No 2 in the Fed Cup Final, losing to Maria Sharapova on Saturday.

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Karolina Pliskova began her season at the 2016 Hopman Cup, where she partnered with Jiri Vesely to represent the Czech Republic.

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Karolina Pliskova recorded singles wins over Jarmila Wolfe and Victoria Duval.

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Karolina Pliskova reached quarterfinals in Sydney by defeating Ana Ivanovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, both in straight sets, but lost to world No 2, Simona Halep, in straight sets.

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At the 2016 Australian Open, Karolina Pliskova defeated Kimberly Birrell and Julia Gorges in the first two rounds.

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Karolina Pliskova then defeated Johanna Konta in three sets and earned another straight sets win over rising star Daria Kasatkina, before losing in three sets to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka.

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Karolina Pliskova opened her clay court season at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

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Karolina Pliskova defeated the 2015 French Open finalist Lucie Safarova in the first round in three sets and Ana Ivanovic in straight sets.

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Karolina Pliskova cruised by Stefanie Vogele, Katerina Siniakova, and Camila Giorgi in the first three rounds.

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Karolina Pliskova lost in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open to Madison Keys in straight sets and fell in the first round of the Italian Open to Daria Kasatkina.

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Karolina Pliskova won her first title of the year at the Nottingham Open.

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Karolina Pliskova then lost in the first round of the Birmingham Classic to Barbora Strycova and reached the final of the Eastbourne International where she lost to Dominika Cibulkova.

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Karolina Pliskova began her hardcourt season at the Rogers Cup, where she beat Kateryna Bondarenko and Sara Errani before losing in straight sets to eventual champion Simona Halep.

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At the US Open, Karolina Pliskova beat wildcard Sofia Kenin, qualifier Montserrat Gonzalez and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova en route to her first Grand Slam round of 16, where she defeated No 6 seed and two-time champion, Venus Williams, in three sets and ensured her first ever major quarterfinal where she faced Ana Konjuh.

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Karolina Pliskova beat the Croatian in straight sets and reached her first Major semifinal, where she beat Serena Williams in straight sets to reach the final, where Serena Williams was attempting to vie her seventh US Open title.

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Karolina Pliskova continued the season with playing in Asia and the first tournament was in Tokyo, however she lost in the first match to qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

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In other matches the opponents were more successful and Karolina Pliskova ended the tournament in Singapore with one win and two losses.

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Karolina Pliskova played her final matches of 2016 in the Fed Cup Final in France.

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In 2017, Karolina Pliskova started the season by playing in Brisbane, where she beat Yulia Putintseva and qualifier Asia Muhammad in two sets and then Roberta Vinci in three sets.

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Karolina Pliskova then defeated Elina Svitolina and Alize Cornet and won her 7th title.

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Karolina Pliskova's ranking increased to a career-high of 3 in the world.

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Karolina Pliskova defeated Lara Arruabarrena and Garbine Muguruza, both in straight sets.

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Karolina Pliskova played against Caroline Garcia in the second round and revenged the loss from the end of 2016 with a straight sets win.

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Karolina Pliskova lost in the second round to Kristina Mladenovic in Dubai.

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Karolina Pliskova reached the semifinals of the Miami Open, recording straight-set victories against qualifier Madison Brengle, Yulia Putintseva, countrywoman Barbora Strycova, and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni before falling to Caroline Wozniacki in three sets.

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Karolina Pliskova kicked off the clay-court season in Stuttgart, where she defeated CoCo Vandeweghe in straight sets, but then lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Laura Siegemund.

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Karolina Pliskova then lost in the first round of home tournament Prague to Camila Giorgi.

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Karolina Pliskova then defeated Caroline Garcia to set up a semifinal encounter with Simona Halep, which she lost in three sets.

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At Wimbledon, Karolina Pliskova was again regarded as one of the pre-tournament favourites following her Eastbourne victory, but she suffered an unexpected second-round exit after losing in three-sets to world No 87 Magdalena Rybarikova, which made her the highest-ranked player to exit the draw at that point.

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Karolina Pliskova became the sixth player to reach the No 1 position without having won a Grand Slam tournament and the first female player representing the Czech Republic to achieve the feat.

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Karolina Pliskova participated in the US Open, where she was the top seed for the first time in a major.

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Karolina Pliskova easily defeated Magda Linette in straight sets in the first round, and outlasted American Nicole Gibbs after dropping the first set.

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Karolina Pliskova defeated Jennifer Brady by dropping just one game and advanced to the quarterfinals.

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Karolina Pliskova lost to CoCo Vandeweghe in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the US Open.

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At the Wuhan Open, Karolina Pliskova reached the quarterfinal stage before losing to Ashleigh Barty in three sets.

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At the WTA Finals, Karolina Pliskova defeated Venus Williams in straight sets, and then faced Garbine Muguruza whom she defeated in straight sets.

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At the Australian Open Karolina Pliskova reached quarterfinals for the second time, having defeated Veronica Cepede Royg, Beatriz Haddad Maia, Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.

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In Indian Wells Karolina Pliskova reached the quarterfinals, where she lost to eventual champion Naomi Osaka.

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At the following tournament, the Miami Open, Karolina Pliskova was defeated by wildcard and former champion Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals.

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Karolina Pliskova opened her season at the Brisbane International, seeded fifth.

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Karolina Pliskova defeated Yulia Putintseva, Marie Bouzkova, Ajla Tomljanovic, Donna Vekic, and Lesia Tsurenko to win the title.

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Karolina Pliskova defeated qualifier Karolina Muchova, Madison Brengle, 27th seed Camila Giorgi, and 18th seed Garbine Muguruza to reach her third consecutive quarterfinal at the tournament.

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Karolina Pliskova managed to carry her momentum through the early hard-court season, making the quarterfinals in both Dubai and Indian Wells.

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Karolina Pliskova then managed to reach her first career Premier Mandatory final at the Miami Open, after beating reigning French Open champion Simona Halep in the semifinals.

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Karolina Pliskova got off to a disappointing start to the clay-court season, losing to former world No 1, Victoria Azarenka, in her opening match in Stuttgart and Ukrainian qualifier Kateryna Kozlova in the second round in Madrid.

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Karolina Pliskova rebounded to win the biggest clay-court title of her career, and her second career Premier-5 title, at the Italian Open, avenging her previous defeat against Azarenka by defeating her in the quarterfinals, before beating Maria Sakkari in the semifinals and a resurgent Johanna Konta in the final.

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Karolina Pliskova rose back up to No 2 in the rankings following her victory.

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At Brisbane, Karolina Pliskova defeated Ajla Tomljanovic, Alison Riske, Naomi Osaka, and Madison Keys to successfully defend her title, and set a record for the most Brisbane International titles.

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At Dubai, Karolina Pliskova defeated Kristina Mladenovic, losing just three games, before losing in the quarterfinals to eventual finalist Elena Rybakina.

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Karolina Pliskova next competed at Doha, where she defeated Bernarda Pera before losing to Ons Jabeur.

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Karolina Pliskova reached the final at Rome, where she was the defending champion, defeating Barbora Strycova, Anna Blinkova, Elise Mertens, and Marketa Vondrousova, before retiring in the final against Simona Halep.

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Karolina Pliskova defeated lucky loser Despina Papamichail in the first round.

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At the Australian Open warmup tournament, Karolina Pliskova received a first-round bye and defeated Elisabetta Cocciaretto in straight sets.

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Karolina Pliskova then lost seven games in a row, being defeated by Muchova in straight sets.

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At Doha, Karolina Pliskova defeated Ons Jabeur in three sets in the second round, before losing to Jessica Pegula.

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At the Italian Open, Karolina Pliskova saved match points against Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinals to ultimately reach her third straight Italian Open final.

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At the 2021 French Open Karolina Pliskova partnered with twin sister Kristyna and reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam in doubles for the first time in their careers when playing together.

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Karolina Pliskova had less success in singles after she was upset by Sloane Stephens in the second round.

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Karolina Pliskova headed to the Eastbourne International tournament as the defending champion, but crashed out in the first round to Camila Giorgi in straight sets.

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However, Karolina Pliskova's fortunes turned around at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

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Karolina Pliskova reached the quarterfinals and semifinals for the first time at this Major, defeating wildcard Ludmilla Samsonova and Viktorija Golubic respectively.

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Karolina Pliskova went on to reach her first Wimbledon final and second ever Grand Slam final since the 2016 US Open after defeating second seed Aryna Sabalenka in three sets.

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In late July, Karolina Pliskova made her first Olympics appearance at the 2020 Summer Olympics and was the fifth seed going into the singles tournament.

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Karolina Pliskova eased past Alize Cornet in straight sets and Carla Suarez Navarro in three sets, but lost to Camila Giorgi in the third round in straight sets.

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Karolina Pliskova reached World No 3 on 13 September 2021 following the 2021 US Open where she reached the quarterfinals.

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Karolina Pliskova was forced to withdraw from all events held during the Australian swing, after sustaining a hand injury during training.

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Karolina Pliskova lost her first two matches of the season, at Indian Wells to Danka Kovinic and at Miami to Anna Kalinskaya, before winning her first match at Charleston to Katarina Zavatska; she would lose her second-round match to Ekaterina Alexandrova.

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Karolina Pliskova then returned to Rome where she had been in the final for three consecutive years.

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Karolina Pliskova started the 2022 North American hard court swing in San Jose.

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Karolina Pliskova finally defeated Boulter in the first round before falling to Amanda Anisimova in the second round.

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Karolina Pliskova reached the semifinals cruising by Krejcikova, Anisimova, Maria Sakkari and Zheng Qinwen where she lost to Beatriz Haddad Maia in straight sets.

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Karolina Pliskova utilizes an extremely aggressive style, highlighted by her powerful, accurate serve, forceful groundstrokes, and aggressive net play, to extract errors from opponents or win points outright.

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Karolina Pliskova typically generates high first-serve percentages, and is able to serve numerous aces.

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Between 2013 and 2019, Karolina Pliskova ranked within the top 10 of the WTA ace count, and served the most aces of any player in 2015,2016,2017, and 2019; in 2016, she served 530 aces, the most of any player in a single year in WTA history.

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Karolina Pliskova's groundstrokes are powerful, allowing her to hit winners from any position on the court.

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Karolina Pliskova can generate extreme angles with both her forehand and her backhand, allowing her to hit winners at will.

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Karolina Pliskova's game is remarkably malleable, and is suited to all surfaces; she has won titles on hard, clay, and grass courts, although her quick and aggressive style of play is especially suited to grass courts.

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Karolina Pliskova has had several coaches throughout her career; Jiri Vanek, David Kotyza, and Tomas Krupa.

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Karolina Pliskova was coached by Conchita Martinez throughout the 2019 season; their partnership ended that year when Martinez began to coach Garbine Muguruza.

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In 2019, Karolina Pliskova announced that she would be coached by ATP coach Daniel Vallverdu for the 2020 season.

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Karolina Pliskova than announced that she would be coached by former WTA doubles player Olga Savchuk.

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Karolina Pliskova has been endorsed by Fila for clothing and footwear since 2016, and uses Babolat racquets, specifically endorsing the Pure Drive range of racquets.

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