Mihaela Buzarnescu vs. Karolina Pliskova
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 18, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
Edgbaston Priory Club
Mihaela Buzarnescu +400 / Karolina Pliskova -600
Czech tennis superstar, Karolina Pliskova will begin her grass court season at the 2019 WTA Birmingham Classic. Pliskova will play her first match against Mihaela Buzarnescu from Romania.
Mihaela Buzarnescu last played at the French Open where she was eliminated in the opening round. It has been a very poor 2019 season for Mihaela Buzarnescu as has a win rate of less than 30%. Mihaela Buzarnescu has not made a single quarterfinal appearance in 2019 and she looks low on confidence at the moment. Returning to grass should be a boost for Buzarnescu as she has a good record on this surface. In 2018, Mihaela Buzarnescu won 69% of her matches on grass which included a win over Elina Svitolina. Mihaela Buzarnescu made the semifinals of the Birmingham Classic last season and she will hope that she can regain her form considering her good record at this venue. That being said, this will not be an easy opening round fixture as she is playing against the number 3 seed.
Karolina Pliskova had a disappointing French Open campaign as she was eliminated in the third round. It was the poor end to a very good clay court season for Pliskova. Karolina Pliskova won the Italian Open which showed that she was in outstanding form considering clay is one of her weaker surfaces. Grass is one of Karolina Pliskova’s stronger surfaces and she has proven this by winning both the WTA Nottingham Open and WTA Eastbourne International. Pliskova also has a very good record at the Birmingham Classic as she made the final of this tournament in 2015.
Mihaela Buzarnescu and Karolina Pliskova have played each other 3 times in the past. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season in a Fed Cup tie where Karolina Pliskova won in straight sets. Pliskova has a 3-0 record against Buzarnescu. Mihaela Buzarnescu and Karolina Pliskova have played each other twice in the past on grass.
Mihaela Buzarnescu is a strong grass court player but considering her recent form, I see her struggling in this match. Karolina Pliskova in an elite player and she enters this tournament in good form having recently won the Italian Open. Pliskova has a good record in Birmingham and I see her being too strong for Mihaela Buzarnescu in this match. I am picking Karolina Pliskova to win in straight sets.