Karolina Muchova vs. Karolina Pliskova - 2021 Australian Open Women's Singles Third Round
Saturday, February 13 2021
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Karolina Pliskova (6) meets Karolina Muchova (25) in the third round of the 2021 Australian Open on Saturday, February 13th 2021.
Who will come out on top in this very exciting battle of the Karolina's and battle of the Czech's? Will it be the much more experienced Karolina Pliskova, or the underdog Karolina Muchova?
Karolina Muchova came through a very easy straight sets victory in the second round, beating Martina Barthel 6-4/6-1. Muchova is a very underrated player in my opinion, and if she gets a nice draw on her side, she can always make it further into tournaments than people would have expected. Muchova will know that this third round match is really going to be her the toughest match she is going to play here, and I would expect for her to be strategising a lot on how to beat her fellow Czech compatriot who is one of the best in the world.
Karolina Pliskova also came through a quite easy straight sets victory in the second round, beating Danielle Collins 7-5/6-2. This was a very solid performance by Karolina Pliskova, who had lost to Danielle Collins just one week prior in a very tight 2 set match. Pliskova was able to dominate on her serve as we expect her to, and this also allowed her to feel more free on her returning games as she was not afraid to hold her serve. Pliskova will want to keep this momentum going, but she needs to ensure she doesn't take Muchova too lightly.
This is going to be the third meeting between both players, with the head to head standing tied at 1-1. I expect this to be a tight match as these players both know each others game quite well. However, Karolina Pliskova has had the much tougher opponents here, and she has shown us much more strength, grit, and determination in those matches. Pliskova knows that a lot of strong seeds have been knocked out of her side of the draw, which will make her even more determined to get the job done here in the hopes of lifting the 2021 Australian Open trophy.