Karolina Pliskova vs. Kiki Bertens
|Date & Time||Sunday July 8, 2018, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
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Kiki Bertens and Karolina Pliskova meet in the fourth round of the 2018 tennis Wimbledon.
Kiki Bertens is coming off a three sets win over Venus Williams that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Bertens won 70 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points. Bertens won 67 percent of her total service points and produced seven breaks on 18 break chances. Bertens pretty much controlled that third round match from start to finish and managed to come through with majority of the big points. Bertens has combined for 72 winners in her last three matches and has done a good job of going for her shots this tournament. Bertens has now won six of her last seven sets played and is in a grand slam fourth round for the second time since 2015. Bertens has a chance to make her second career grand slam quarterfinal and first since the 2016 French Open. Bertens has won four of her last six matches on grass court.
Karolina Pliskova is coming off a three sets win over Mihaela Buzarnescu that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Pliskova won 75 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Pliskova showed great fight in her third round match after winning despite dropping the first set, and she won another match without serving her best. Pliskova is usually an ace machine and usually dominates her serve overall, but she had just six aces in her last appearance and won just 65 percent of her total service points. The fact Pliskova can win when her best weapon isn’t 100 percent has to give her a great deal of confidence. Pliskova has a chance to make her sixth career grand slam quarterfinal, all of which have taken place since the 2016 US Open. Pliskova has never made a quarterfinal appearance in the Wimbledon. Pliskova has won five of her last six matches on grass court.
These two have played three times and Pliskova has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Stuttgart Open, a match Pliskova won in 16 games. The other two matches took place in 2013 or earlier.
Bertens is a gamer who doesn’t go down easily and will put up a fight here. However, she’s not the most talented player in the world and usually gets bounced early in grand slam play. Grit and feisty play can only take you so far in big tournaments. Pliskova is winning despite not serving at the level she’s used to, and she just beat Bertens rather easily earlier this year. She has to be a considerable favorite in this match.
Pliskova makes another grand slam quarterfinal.