Timea Bacsinszky vs Karolína Plíšková
|Date & Time||Saturday October 13, 2018, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
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Timea Bacsinszky will play Karolina Pliskova in the semifinals of the 2018 WTA Tianjin Open in China.
Timea Bacsinszky enters this match after a big win over Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals. It was a close match but Timea Bacsinszky won 2 tiebreakers to win the fixture in straight sets. This has been a good tournament for Timea Bacsinszky as she entered this tournament after a poor run of form at WTA events. This has been the furthest Timea Bacsinszky has made it at a WTA event all season and she will hope that her current form can take her further. That being said, this is expected to be a very hard match as Timea Bacsinszky is playing the top seed.
On the other side of the coin, Karolina Pliskova had a good win in her previous match. Pliskova lost the opening set but fought back well to win the last 2 sets with ease. Pliskova has been in exceptional form as she has beaten all her opponents with ease. Pliskova entered this tournament having recently won the WTA Pan Pacific Open and with such strong form heading into this event, she will be very hard to stop. Karolina Pliskova is currently world number 6 and considering she is much higher ranked than her opponent, she will be the favorite.
Timea Bacsinszky and Karolina Pliskova have played 6 times in the past with Pliskova winning on 4 occasions and Timea Bacsinszky winning twice. Karolina Pliskova has won the last 4 matches meaning she has the momentum leading into this clash. The most recent match between Karolina Pliskova and Timea Bacsinszky was in 2017.
All in all, I am picking Karolina Pliskova to win this match. Pliskova is a more accomplished player and with the confidence of recently winning the Pan Pacific Open, I see her winning this match.