Kristyna Pliskova vs. Karolina Pliskova
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 19, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Edgbaston Priory Club
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The number 3 seed, Karolina Pliskova has made it into the second round of the 2019 WTA Birmingham Classic. At this stage of the tournament, Karolina Pliskova will play against her sister, Kristyna Pliskova.
Karolina Pliskova started the tournament is a dominant manner as she defeated Mihaela Buzărnescu in straight sets. During the victory, Karolina Pliskova impressed with her serving. Pliskova hit 11 aces which helped her to win 73% of her service points. Karolina Pliskova won all of her service games and 2 return games to comfortably secure a spot in the second round.
Karolina Pliskova enters this match in very good form as she won the WTA Italian Open in May. Karolina had a strong clay court season but moving to grass should be a positive. Throughout her career, Karolina Pliskova has done well on grass as she has won 67% of her matches on this surface. Karolina Pliskova’s grass pedigree includes winning the Nottingham Open and Eastbourne International.
Kristyna Pliskova is a less accomplished player than her sister but she looked in good form during her opening round match. Kristyna won her match in straight sets. During the victory, Kristyna Pliskova served well as she hit 7 aces which helped her win 100% of her service games. The receiving was solid as Kristyna Pliskova won 2 return games.
It has been a modest season for Kristyna Pliskova as she currently has a record of 21-18. The grass season is usually Kristyna Pliskova’s strongest leg of the tour and she has done started well as she has won 4 matches already. Kristyna Pliskova is playing against the number 3 seed so it is expected to be a very tough match.
Kristyna Pliskova and Karolina Pliskova have played each other 10 times in the past. Karolina has won on 6 occasions while Kristyna has won on 4 occasions.
These two players will be very familiar with each others style of tennis. I am expecting a competitive match since Kristyna Pliskova will be desperate to produce her best tennis against her sister. That being said, I am picking Karolina Pliskova to win this match. Karolina Pliskova is significantly stronger than Kristyna and that is evident via her accomplishments in the past few years. Karolina Pliskova is the number 3 seed and I see her being too strong for her sister in this match.