Monica Puig vs. Karolina Pliskova
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 3, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
London, United Kingdom
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Monica Puig and Karolina Pliskova meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Monica Puig is coming off a three sets win over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Puig won 52 percent of her first serve points and 55 percent of her second serve points. Puig won 53 percent of her total service points and converted on eight of her 11 break points. Puig was feisty with her return and showed great fight after dropping the first set, but she can’t have 23 winners and 40 unforced errors again and expect to win. It’s been a rollercoaster for Puig since winning the Olympic gold medal, but she has a chance to win two matches for the third time in her last five tournaments. Puig looks to make the third round of a grand slam for the first time since the 2016 French Open. Puig has seven career wins over top-10 players, with one of those wins coming this year. Puig has lost two of her last three matches on grass court.
Karolina Pliskova is coming off a straight sets win over Lin Zhu that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Pliskova won 81 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Pliskova won 69 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her 10 break points. Pliskova got 64 percent of her first serves in play, saved two of her four break points and hit six aces. The match took nearly an hour and a half to complete, but Pliskova has now won 12 straight sets on this surface. Pliskova has made the third round of the Wimbledon just once in seven previous tries. Pliskova hasn’t lost in the second round of a grand slam since the 2017 Wimbledon. Pliskova has won six straight matches on grass court.
These two have played four times and Pliskova has won all four meetings, including the most recent match in 2017 Indian Wells. Three of the four matches were decided in straight sets and the only previous grass court match was 2016 Nottingham.
Pliskova hasn’t had any success in this tournament, but maybe she’s getting more comfortable on grass given her Eastbourne International title and the fact she’s won 12 straight sets. Puig has won just one set against Pliskova in four matches and usually piles up the unforced errors when she’s not playing her absolute best.
This is a comfortable match for Pliskova where she should win in straight sets.