Karolina Pliskova vs. Alison Riske
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 7, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
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Karolina Pliskova and Alison Riske meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Rogers Cup.
Karolina Pliskova will play her first match since the fourth round of Wimbledon, and she’s won eight of her last nine matches overall. Pliskova feasted on grass court where she controlled the pace, limited her unforced errors and usually won extremely quick matches where she finished points effortlessly. With about a month off since her last singles match, it will be interesting to see if Pliskova can continue her level of play the last time we saw her. Pliskova hasn’t lost an opening match since Stuttgart back in April. Pliskova has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Alison Riske is coming off a three sets win over Maria Sakkari that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Riske won 67 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Riske won 63 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her 13 break points. Riske got 65 percent of her first serves in play and saved four of her seven break points. Riske has won 17 of her last 19 matches when you include qualifying for this tournament, and she’s won 10 of her last 12 matches that have gone the distance. Riske has seven career wins over top-10 players, with two of those wins coming this year. Riske has won four of her last six matches on hard court.
These two have played six times and Pliskova has won five of those matches. The most recent meeting was Dubai of this year, a match Pliskova won in straight sets. Riske’s only win over Pliskova came in the first match in a 2012 ITF match.
Riske is playing some of the best tennis of her career and should enter this match with a ton of confidence. With that said, Pliskova has made light work of her opponents these past two months and the rest certainly can’t hurt. There’s also a glaring one-sided h2h history here, and the trends usually continue when one player consistently beats the other.
This could be a competitive match, but Pliskova should prevail in the end.