Karolína Plíšková vs Petra Kvitova
|Date & Time||Thursday October 25, 2018, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
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Petra Kvitova will play Karolína Plíšková in the final round of group stage matches at the 2018 WTA Finals in Singapore.
Petra Kvitova has lost both of her matches meaning that she has been eliminated from the tournament. In her second match, Kvitova lost to Caroline Wozniacki in 3 sets. In the match against Wozniacki, Kvitova was let down by her serve as she lost 6 service games while winning on 55% of the points played during her serve. It has been the same problem for Kvitova in both of her matches as she has lost a total of 10 service games already in the tournament. With hopes of qualifying over for Kvitova, it is not going to be easy for her to bounce back since this match is effectively a dead-rubber for her.
On the other side of the coin, Karolína Plíšková also lost her second match but having won her first round fixture, she is still in the running to make the semifinals. It was a tough match for Karolína Plíšková is the second round as she lost to Elina Svitolina in 3 sets. Similar to Kvitova, Karolína Plíšková has issues with her serve as she lost over 40% of the points played on her service games. This will be a tough match for Karolína Plíšková since Petra Kvitova is an exceptional player but considering her opponent has already been eliminated, she should be much more focused.
Petra Kvitova and Karolína Plíšková have played 3 times in the past with Kvitova winning on all 3 occasions. The most recent meeting was at the 2018 Madrid Masters where Kvitova won in straight sets.
All in all, I am picking Karolína Plíšková to win this match. Kvitova is already out of the tournament and with issues with her serve, I don’t see her having enough focus and determination to win this match. Karolína Plíšková has a chance of making the semifinals with a win and I think she will be good enough to finish the job considering her opponent's situation.