Wang Qiang vs Karolína Plíšková
|Date & Time||Tuesday September 25, 2018, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
The Line: -- Over/Under:
Karolína Plíšková will play Wang Qiang in the second round of the Wuhan Open in China.
Wang Qiang looked good in her opening round win as she got huge support from her home fans. Wang beat Maria Sakkari in straight sets in a performance where the Chinese superstar showed very few weaknesses. Wang broke Sakkari’s serve on 3 occasions while only allowing her service games to be broken once in the entire match. It has been an exceptional few weeks for Wang Qiang as she made the semifinals of the WTA Japan Open two weeks ago and then won the Guangzhou Open last week. With such a terrific run of form and the home fans on her side, it will be very hard to stop Wang Qiang.
On the other side of the coin, Karolína Plíšková has been in equally impressive form as she made the quarterfinals of the US Open and won the WTA Pan Pacific Open last week. Karolína Plíšková is the number 8 seed for this tournament and following a hectic week in Japan, she will get a huge boost from having a break. This is a match which Karolína Plíšková will expect to win since she is playing well and is up against an opponent who is much lower ranked than her. If Karolína Plíšková can get over the crowd, she should be in a good position to win.
These two players have met once in the past which was at this event, 12 months ago. Karolína Plíšková won in straight sets on that occasion.
This should be a close match since both players are in extremely good form but I see the hometown hero, Wang Qiang losing. Karolína Plíšková is a much better player and has been in equally good form. With a great amount of experience and skill, I see Karolína Plíšková making the third round of the 2018 Wuhan Open.