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Garbine Muguruza vs. Karolina Pliskova 2017 Cincinnati Masters Semifinal Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Pliskova vs. Muguruza
Date & Time Saturday August 19, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)
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Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova meet Saturday in the semifinal of the 2017 Cincinnati Masters.

Garbine Muguruza is coming off a three sets win over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 62 percent of her first serve points and 52 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza has shown great heart in her last two matches, winning back-to-back marathon three setters and now finds herself in her sixth semifinal appearance of the season. Muguruza is coming off a match in which she won 48 percent of her return points and that’s key considering she has been broken a combined 11 times this tournament. Muguruza obviously has to be better with her serve if she hopes to make the final. Muguruza hopes to make her eighth career final appearance and second this season. Muguruza has won five of her last six matches on hard court.

Karolina Pliskova is coming off a straight sets win over Caroline Wozniacki that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Pliskova won 96 percent of her first serve points and 67 percent of her second serve points. Pliskova is coming off a rather easy victory in which she won 83 percent of her total service points. Pliskova has been lights out on hard court this season where she can work her powerful serve and spray winners across the court. It’s been no different for Pliskova in this tournament, as she’s lost a combined 14 games in the six sets she’s won to reach the semifinals. Pliskova has won seven of her last 10 semifinal appearances. Pliskova hopes to make her fourth final of the season and the 20th of her career. Pliskova has won nine of her last 11 matches on hard court. 

These two have played seven times and Pliskova has won six of those matches. The most recent match was in this years Indian Wells Masters, a match Pliskova won in straight sets. Muguruza’s only win over Pliskova came in the 2013 French Open, the first meeting between these two. 

On hard court, it’s tough to bet against Pliskova as it is, but it’s even tougher when you throw in the head to head numbers between these two. Pliskova has beaten Muguruza six straight times and that includes winning the last five sets.

Can’t bet against Pliskova in this spot.

Pick:
Karolina Pliskova

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