Konjuh vs. Pliskova
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 7, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Karolina Pliskova and Ana Konjuh meet in the quarterfinals of the 2016 US Open.
Karolina Pliskova is coming off a three set win over Venus Williams that took 33 games to decide. In the victory, Pliskova won 75 percent of her first serve points and 34 percent of her second serve points. Pliskova managed to break Venus six times and won a third set tiebreak despite dealing with pressure of the match and the crowd cheering against her. Pliskova is riding a wave of momentum since winning the Cincinnati Masters and is easily experiencing the most grand slam success her or her twin sister Kristyna has ever had. Pliskova is in a grand slam quarterfinal for the first time and hopes to make her first grand slam semifinal. Pliskova has won nine straight matches on hard court.
Ana Konjuh is coming off a straight sets win over Agnieszka Radwanska that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Konjuh won 86 percent of her first serve points and 42 percent of her second serve points. Konjuh is coming off probably her best performance of the tournament and showed little signs of nerves despite being on the biggest stage of her life at just 18 years old. Konjuh would like to be better on her second serve, but her power and aggressive play has gotten her this far, so she’s likely going to stick with it. Konjuh has a chance to make a grand slam semifinal in just her 10th career appearance. Konjuh has won eight of her last nine matches on hard court.
This will be the first time these two have met on the tennis court.
Both players are playing solid tennis and have a shot to put themselves in a life changing position. The player who has been the most impressive, however, has been Konjuh. Her power and shotmaking against Radwanska won me over and has me thinking she has another victory in her. The young Croatian showed no signs of nerves and just overwhelmed a top-10 player in the world.
I have to jump on the Konjuh bandwagon while there’s still room.