Karolina Pliskova vs. Petra Martic
|Date & Time||Friday May 31, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
P. Martic +163 / K. Pliskova -200
Czech tennis superstar, Karolina Pliskova has made it into the third round of the 2019 WTA French Open. At this stage of the tournament, Karolina Pliskova will play against Petra Martic from Croatia.
Karolina Pliskova has been in outstanding form throughout the 2019 season and she entered this French Open having just won the Italian Open. In the previous round, Karolina Pliskova was dominant as she won in straight sets. It was an emphatic performance by Pliskova as she only lost 4 games in the entire match. Pliskova won all of her service games and broke her opponent’s serve on 4 occasions to finish to the match in minimal time. Clay has not always been Pliskova’s strongest surface but her record in 2019 has been outstanding and she has been able to show that she is a genuine contender for the French Open title.
Looking at her opponent, Petra Martic also won her previous fixture rapidly as she finished her match in 15 games. Martic has been outstanding throughout this tournament as she has only lost 6 games in her two matches. In her previous match, Martic served very solidly as she won 75% of her service points. Martic won 88% of her service games and 5 return games to secure an easy win. This is expected to be a significantly tougher match for Petra Martic as she is playing against the number 2 seed.
Petra Martic and Karolina Pliskova have played each other 4 times in the past. As it currently stands, Martic has an edge over Pliskova as she has beaten her on 3 occasions. Pliskova and Martic have played each other twice in 2019 with both players winning on one occasion. Martic’s win was at the Fed Cup while Pliskova’s win was at the Miami Masters.
As far as this match is concerned, I see Karolina Pliskova winning. Martic has had a good tournament and has a good record against Pliskova but the Croatian simply hasn’t performed as well as her opponent in big tournaments. Pliskova has been in outstanding form throughout 2019 and I see her securing a spot in the fourth round.