Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Karolina Pliskova
|Date & Time||Friday August 16, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
Lindner Family Tennis Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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Czech tennis superstar, Karolina Pliskova has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Cincinnati Masters in Ohio. At this stage of the tournament, Pliskova is set to play against Svetlana Kuznetsova from Russia.
Svetlana Kuznetsova was dominant in the previous round as she comfortably defeated Sloane Stephens in straight sets. It was an emphatic performance by Kuznetsova as she only lost 3 games in the entire match. The receiving was exceptional from Svetlana Kuznetsova as she won 63% of her receiving points which allowed her to break Sloane Stephens’ serve on 7 occasions. Svetlana Kuznetsova only allowed Sloane to win 1 service game in the entire match. It has been a very strong tournament for Svetlana Kuznetsova but the competition is expected to get tougher as she is playing against the number 3 seed in this match.
Looking at Karolina Pliskova, the Czech superstar has shown great form in this tournament. In the previous round, Pliskova defeated Rebecca Peterson in straight sets. The receiving was strong from Pliskova as she won close to 50% of her receiving points which allowed her to win 5 return games. Pliskova also served well as she won 73% of her service games.
Karolina Pliskova has been in outstanding form in 2019 as she has won tournaments like the Eastbourne International, the Italian Open, and the Brisbane International. Pliskova made the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup last week so she enters this tournament in good form. Considering her record in 2019, Karolina Pliskova will be very tough to stop.
Svetlana Kuznetsova and Karolina Pliskova have played each other 4 times in the past with both players winning on 2 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2017 at the Aegon International where Pliskova won in 3 sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Karolina Pliskova to win this match. Pliskova has been on a different level to Kuznetsova in 2019 and I see the Czech superstar having too much power for the Russian. Svetlana Kuznetsova has looked good all tournament and I see continuing her outstanding form by winning this fixture and securing a spot in the semifinals.