Vera Zvonareva vs Karolína Plíšková
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 17, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Karolina Pliskova is set to play Vera Zvonareva from Russia in the second round of the 2018 WTA Kremlin Open in Russia.
This a big tournament for Karolina Pliskova as she needs to perform well to ensure she has a spot in the WTA finals. Pliskova has been in exceptional form leading up to this event as she had an exceptional time in Asia as she won WTA Pan Pacific Open while finishing second at the WTA Tianjin Open. Karolina Pliskova has been serving exceptionally well as she only lost 9 service games during her entire Tianjin Open campaign. In addition to that Karolina Pliskova averaged 2 breakpoints per set at Tianjin which shows that she is in exceptional form leading up to this match. Karolina Pliskova has a great record on indoor hard courts as she has won 2 WTA titles in the setting. This should ensure that Karolina Pliskova will be well suited to the conditions at the Kremlin Cup.
On the other side of the coin, Vera Zvonareva enters this match after a comfortable win in the opening round. Vera Zvonareva won in straight sets by breaking her opponents serve 5 times. It was an impressive display by Vera Zvonareva as she received serve very well which allowed her to win over 50% of her opponent's service games. This is expected to be a much tougher challenge for Vera Zvonareva as Pliskova is an elite player. Vera Zvonareva will need to be at her best if she wishes to compete in this match.
This will be the first time that Karolina Pliskova and Vera Zvonareva will be playing each other.
All in all, I am picking Karolina Pliskova to win this match. Pliskova has been in exceptional form and with a place at the WTA finals on the line, we should see her performing at her best. Pliskova is a much better player at this moment of time and I see her eliminating Vera Zvonareva and making the third round of the tournament.