Daria Gavrilova vs. Kristyna Pliskova
|Date & Time||Sunday September 16, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kristyna Pliskova and Daria Gavrilova meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis Pan Pacific Open.
Kristyna Pliskova enters this tournament on a four-match losing streak and has lost eight of her last 10 matches overall. Pliskova is coming off a match in which she won 55 percent of her total service points and was broken three times. Despite getting a lot of free points with her serve, she continues to have hiccups here and there and has lost eight of her last 10 sets. The good news for Pliskova is that it only takes a few aces for her to regain her confidence and for her whole outlook to change. Powerful servers can become confident with one or two dominant games, so don’t give up on Pliskova just yet. Pliskova has lost three of her last five matches on indoor hard court.
Daria Gavrilova hasn’t played since making the second round of the US Open and has lost five of her last seven matches overall. Gavrilova is coming off a match in which she had 27 unforced errors and won just 38 percent of her total service points. It was completely different from what we saw in the first round in New York from Gavrilova, so it’s just a matter of finding a balance in hopes of righting the ship. Gavrilova has struggled with consistency the last few months, but she has a chance to be a dark horse in this tournament with a fairly solid draw and not crazy expectations. Gavrilova could surprise some people if she can regain her form starting with this matchup. Gavrilova has lost three of her last four matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played twice and Gavrilova has won both meetings. The most recent match was in 2017 in Moscow, a match Gavrilova won in three sets. Both matches have gone the distance.
Gavrilova has found a way to beat Pliskova in both matches and has had success against her return. That’s key considering Pliskova isn’t playing well at the moment and has provided many break points in those losses. Until Pliskova can do a better job of holding serve and limiting her unforced errors, it’s hard seeing her end this losing stretch.
Gavrilova gets the much needed victory.