Karolina Pliskova vs. Ajla Tomljanovic
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 14, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
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Czech tennis superstar, Karolina Pliskova will be playing at the 2019 WTA Italian Open. Pliskova will play her first match in the second round. At this stage of the tournament, Karolina Pliskova will face Ajla Tomljanović from Australia.
Ajla Tomljanović won her opening match which she won in straight sets. It was a close contest for the Australian as Ajla Tomljanović won the opening set via a tiebreaker and the second set 6-4. During the win, Ajla Tomljanović returned serve exceptionally well as she won 54% of her receiving points which allowed her to win 6 break points. While the returning was impressive, Tomljanović struggled with her serve as she lost 5 service games. Considering her opponent for this match, Ajla Tomljanović will have to improve her serve if she wishes to compete.
On the other side of the coin, Karolina Pliskova enters this tournament following a poor Madrid Masters campaign where she was eliminated in the second round. It was a shock for Pliskova as she had been playing very well up to the defeat. It is important to note that Karolina Pliskova has a very poor record at the Italian Open as her win rate is only 33%. That being said, Pliskova has had a very strong 2019 season as she won the Brisbane International and finished second at the Miami Masters. That kind of form should ensure that Pliskova is confident in her ability to win this match.
Karolina Pliskova and Ajla Tomljanović have played each other 3 times in the past. Ajla Tomljanović has won once while Karolina Pliskova has won on 2 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the Brisbane International where Pliskova won in 3 sets.
Karolina Pliskova has a poor record in Rome but I am still backing her to win this match. When comparing the two players, Pliskova is the stronger player and the Czech superstar has been playing very well in 2019. With form on her side, I see Pliskova making it through to the third round.