Kuznetsova vs. Pliskova
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 26, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kuznetsova -101 / Pliskova -115 -- Over/Under: 22
Karolina Pliskova and Svetlana Kuznetsova meet in the second match of the tennis 2016 WTA Championships.
Karolina Pliskova is coming off a three set win over Garbine Muguruza that took 33 games to decide. In the victory, Pliskova won 66 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Pliskova entered this tournament with terrific confidence and that’s only going to build after finding ways to break multiple times in the third set. Pliskova could have folded several times in her opening match but found ways to dig deep and get the job done. Pliskova has been a completely different player since Cincinnati and is probably the toughest player in this tournament to beat if she’s getting her first serve in play. Pliskova has a real chance to make her first WTA Finals appearance a special one. Pliskova has won 11 of her last 15 matches on hard court.
Svetlana Kuznetsova is coming off a three set win over Agnieszka Radwanska that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Kuznetsova won 56 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points. Kuznetsova has been the surprise of the tournament so far after beating a rested Radwanska on short rest, as she had a long plane ride to Singapore after winning the Kremlin Cup. Kuznetsova used her power shots to her advantage and simply ate up the second serves. If Kuznetsova can improve her service percentages just a tad, the 31-year-old has a chance to make a deep run in this tournament. Kuznetsova hopes to make the quarterfinals of the WTA Finals for the first time in her career. Kuznetsova has won nine of her last 12 matches on hard court.
These two have met once in the past, which was in this years Cincinnati Masters, a match Pliskova won in three sets. The match took 27 games to decide.
This should be a fun match between two power hitters capable of spraying winners down the line. However, there’s advantages with Pliskova in this match. One, I still question how much Kuznetsova has left in the tank after such a quick turnaround and a long match against Radwanska. Also, Pliskova has the advantage in the service department and should get a lot of free points there. There’s also the fact Pliskova just beat Kuznetsova back in August and was able to win 87 percent of her first serve points in that match.
Kuznetsova surprised me once, but I still like Pliskova to get the job done here.