Czech tennis superstar, Karolina Pliskova will be playing at the 2019 WTA Prague Open where she will face Mona Barthel from Germany.
Karolina Pliskova last played at the WTA Stuttgart Open where she lost her opening match to Victoria Azarenka. During the loss, Pliskova struggled with her serve as she lost 4 service games. While the result would have been very disappointing for Pliskova, the Czech player will still enter this tournament with confidence as she has had an incredible season including a title win at the WTA Brisbane International. The crowd is expected to be Pliskova as she is playing in her home country. Pliskova has a good record at the Prague Open as she won the title in 2015.
On the other side of the coin, Mona Barthel played in the doubles event at the Stuttgart Open which she won alongside Anna-Lena Friedsam. Barthel has had an interesting season as her form has varied greatly. Barthel had a strong Indian Wells Open but has failed to make it past the quarterfinals in any other tournament. Mona Barthel has not won a singles match on clay this season. Consider her recent form on clay, Barthel will struggle to compete against an elite player like Karolina Pliskova.
Karolina Pliskova and Mona Barthel have played each other 3 times in the past. Barthel has beaten Pliskova once while Pliskova has beaten Barthel on 2 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was 2014 where Karolina Pliskova won in straight sets.
Mona Barthel has not been playing well in singles tennis and I see her struggling to compete against Karolina Pliskova. Pliskova has been incredible throughout the season and I see her having a huge advantage in her home tournament. With all that in mind, I am picking Karolina Pliskova to win this match.