Pliskova vs. Kerber
|Date & Time||Thursday January 19, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)|
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Angelique Kerber and Kristyna Pliskova meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a three sets win over Carina Witthoeft that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 65 percent of her first serve points and 61 percent of her second serve points. Kerber has found ways to win her first two matches, but there is some concern with her playing six sets against subpar competition. It may be rust due to early in the season, but Kerber has racked up 68 unforced errors this tournament, a number that better be trimmed down sooner than later. Still, you have to like Kerber digging deep and grinding out victories when not at her best. Kerber hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fourth time in her last five appearances. Kerber has won seven of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Kristyna Pliskova is coming off a straight sets win over Irina-Camelia Begu that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Pliskova won 82 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points. Pliskova played a much cleaner match in the second round but still has a combined 80 unforced errors in her first two matches. While that number can’t be good heading into this match, we know what Pliskova is capable of when hitting well, as she’s a serve machine and can get a ton of free points when she’s hitting her spots. Also, Pliskova has won 10 of her last 15 sets played and is a top-60 player for the first time in her career. Pliskova hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time. Pliskova has won 10 of his last 13 matches on hard court.
These two have never played on the tennis court.
There are some things to be concerned about when it comes to Kerber, as she’s not in great form to start the 2017 season. Pliskova can make things interesting if she serves well and Kerber continues to struggle. However, I’m picking Kerber to win this match due to Pliskova not having much grand slam success and it’s only a matter of time before the German snaps out of her funk.
Give me Kerber to win her most impressive match of the tournament yet.