Karolina Pliskova vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Melbourne Park)
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Czech tennis superstar Karolina Pliskova has made it into the third round of the 2020 Australian Open in Melbourne. At this stage of the tournament, Pliskova is set to play against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia.
Karolina Pliskova has looked in outstanding touch in 2020 and she remains unbeaten this year. Prior to arriving at the Australian Open, Pliskova played at the Brisbane International which she won. It was a strong tournament for Karolina Pliskova as she defeated the likes of Naomi Osaka and Madison Keys. That good form has continued into the Australian Open as Pliskova has won both of her matches in straight sets. In the previous round, Karolina Pliskova defeated Laura Siegemund from Germany. It was a comfortable win for Pliskova as she won 89% of her service games and 4 return games. Considering her current form, Karolina Pliskova will be extremely tough to stop at this tournament.
On the other side of the coin, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova enters this match having defeated Taylor Townsend in straight sets. It was a good performance by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as she won 83% of her service games and 3 return games. Making the third round of the Australian Open is a good achievement but the competition is getting much tougher for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. This is expected to be a very challenging match for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as she is playing against the number 2 seed.
Karolina Pliskova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova have played each other 6 times in the past with Pliskova winning on all 6 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the Eastbourne International where Pliskova won in 3 sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Karolina Pliskova to win this match. Karolina Pliskova remains unbeaten in 2020 and she has been dominant throughout this tournament. Pliskova is a very powerful player and I see her having too much power to allow Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova any chance of competing. I see Karolina Pliskova winning this match in straight sets.