Karolina Pliskova will play in the second round of the 2019 WTA Stuttgart Open in Germany. Pliskova will face Victoria Azarenka from Belarus for a spot in the final 8.
Victoria Azarenka beat Vera Zvonareva in straight sets in the previous round. During the win, Azarenka received serve exceptionally well as she won 44% of her return points. Victoria Azarenka won 37% of her return games and 82% of her service games to set up a comfortable win. This is expected to be a much tougher match for Azarenka as she is playing against the number 4 seed.
On the other side of the coin, Karolina Pliskova received an opening round bye due to her high seeding. It has been an exceptional few months for Karolina Pliskova as she enters this tournament having finished second at the WTA Miami Masters. Other than that, the last past few months have also seen Pliskova winning the WTA Brisbane International and making the semifinals of the Australian Open. The 2019 season has been exceptional for the Czech superstar as she has made the quarterfinals of better in every tournament she has played at. Considering her recent form, Karolina Pliskova will be very tough to beat in this tournament.
Karolina Pliskova and Victoria Azarenka have played each other 6 times in the past. As it currently stands, Azarenka and Pliskova both have a head-to-head record of 3-3. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at Wimbledon where Karolina Pliskova won in straight sets.
Looking at this match, I am going to pick Karolina Pliskova to win this match. Pliskova is the stronger player and the Czech superstar has been in outstanding form in 2019. Pliskova has beaten Azarenka in their last 2 head-to-head fixtures and I see the same result occurring in this match.