Ekaterina Makarova vs. Karolina Pliskova
|Date & Time||Monday August 20, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Makarova +140 / Makarova -182 -- Over/Under:
Karolina Pliskova and Ekaterina Makarova meet in the first round of the tennis Connecticut Open.
Karolina Pliskova is coming off an early exit in Cincinnati and enters this tournament splitting her last six matches. Pliskova has had some issues with her second serve, and she could certainly use a momentum boost with the US Open around the corner. One would think Pliskova would thrive on hard court with her power serve, but she hasn’t quite looked like herself recently and has been hit or miss overall since winning her title in Germany. Of course, it only takes one dominant serving performances for Pliskova to regain her confidence and make a serious run at the title. When hitting her power shots, Pliskova is one of the more frustrating players on tour in the women’s game. Pliskova has split her last four matches on hard court.
Ekaterina Makarova won two matches in Cincinnati, but she’s also in struggle mode, losing four of her last six matches overall. Makarova is coming off a match in which she won 50 percent of her total service points and was broken six times. The good news is Makarova at least showed some signs of life by winning two matches and she got a high percentage of her first serves in play in those victories. So, the formula has been set for how the 30-year-old Russian is going to snap out of this funk. Get the first serve in play, and Makarova has to like her chances of advancing. Continue to be spotty, and Makarova could lose her first match in a tournament for the fifth time in her last seven tries. Makarova has lost three of her last five matches on hard court.
These two have played four times and Makarova has won three of those matches. The most recent match was in this years Miami Open, a match Makarova won in 24 games.
Good luck being on the right side here based on the way both players are perfoming lately. Makarova owns the head to head, but it goes without saying that Pliskova is the better player overall. I’m taking my chances with Pliskova here, as her serve will return eventually and I trust her to break out of her funk sooner than Makarova.