Ekaterina Alexandrova vs. Karolina Pliskova
|Date & Time||Thursday June 27, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club
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Czech tennis superstar, Karolina Pliskova has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Eastbourne International. At this stage of the tournament, Karolina Pliskova will play against Ekaterina Alexandrova from Russia.
Karolina Pliskova had a comfortable win in the previous round as she defeated Elise Mertens in straight sets. It was a dominant display by Pliskova as she only lost 3 games in the entire match. The receiving was exceptionally strong for Karolina Pliskova as she won 56% of her receiving points which resulted in her winning 4 return games. Pliskova also served well as she won all of her service games.
It has been a strong few months for Karolina Pliskova as she recently won the Madrid Masters. Pliskova has an outstanding record at the Eastbourne International as she won the title in 2017 and finished second in 2016. Karolina Pliskova is in good form and her record at this venue is outstanding. Such a combination will make Pliskova tough to defeat in this tournament.
Looking at her opponent, Ekaterina Alexandrova won her previous match with ease. Alexandrova was playing against Jelena Ostapenko who retired during the second set. Ekaterina Alexandrova was leading the match at the time. During the victory, Ekaterina Alexandrova received serve exceptionally well as she won 5 break points.
Ekaterina Alexandrova has been in decent touch as she made the quarterfinals of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championship a few weeks back. Alexandrova also played at the Birmingham Classic where she was eliminated in the opening round.
Karolina Pliskova and Ekaterina Alexandrova have played each other once in the past. The match was played in 2017 at the Fed Cup where Pliskova won in 3 sets. The previous match between Karolina Pliskova and Ekaterina Alexandrova was played on clay.
Ekaterina Alexandrova has had a good tournament but I see her losing this match. Karolina Pliskova has been in outstanding form and the Czech superstar seems to be at her best when she plays at the Eastbourne International. With conditions and form in her favor, I see Karolina Pliskova being too strong for her opponent in this match.