Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Dubai)
No. 2 seed, Karolina Pliskova, meets Kristina Mladenovic in the second-round of the 2020 WTA Dubai Open.
Kristina Mladenovic has had a great start to 2020. Mladenovic won the Women's Doubles title in Australia and had a great first-round victory here in Dubai. However, Mladenovic is not as good as she used to be in Singles. Mladenovic is much more of a doubles player, and in Singles she struggles to find her confidence, and therefore this affects her play. Mladenovic will want to get minutes in here in Dubai, however in the Singles I am not sure whether she is up to speed with the other players on tour.
Karolina Pliskova is an incredible player. Pliskova is tall, strong and has an incredible le serve. Pliskova was one of the favourites to win in Australia, but she ended up losing to home favourite Ashleigh Barty. Pliskova has all the weapons to be the best in the game, and in 2020, I believe she will only rise up in the rankings. Pliskova can challenge anyone, and she will fancy her chances of winning here in Dubai, especially with neither Osaka or Barty playing due to injury.
This will be the 3rd meeting between both players, with the H2H being tied at 1-1. Mladenovic is not as good as she used to be in Singles and Pliskova beat Mladenovic only weeks ago in Australia. I believe this match will be of a similar nature, with Pliskova coming out and dominating from the start.
Karolina Pliskova to win.