Agnieszka Radwanska vs Kristyna Pliskova, Australian Open R1 Preview

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(26) ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Agnieszka Radwanska vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kristyna Pliskova

Agnieszka Radwanska will begin her 2018 Australian Open campaign against the always-dangerous Kristyna Pliskova. Radwanska is a two-time former semi-finalist at Melbourne Park, the Pole enters the 2018 event as the 26th seed, much lower than in previous years. Radwanska was eliminated in the second round in 2017 by big-hitting Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, the 28-year-old will need to be on guard to ensure she does not suffer a similar fate when she comes up against Pliskova.

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Radwanska has shown decent form heading into the first Grand Slam of the year. Radwanska reached back-to-back quarter-finals in Auckland and Sydney. Radwanskaโ€™s biggest win was in the opening round in Sydney where she defeated Johanna Konta in straight sets, avenging her loss to the Britt in the Sydney final last year. However, Radwanskaโ€™s losses where concerning. The former world number 2 was beaten by Sachia Vickery 6-2 6-2 in Auckland and was trashed by Camila Giorgi 6-1 6-2 in Sydney, two uncompetitive performances. It is hard to know what to expect from Radwanska in 2018 but one suspects her best is well behind her.

Pliskova has had some decent results in Melbourne in the last two years. Kristyna Pliskova had a good run to the third round at Melbourne Park last year, in 2016 she upset Sam Stosur in the opening round. Pliskova is a player capable of causing upsets, in her first match of 2018 she defeated Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets in Shenzhen on route to the quarter-finals. Pliskova arrives in Melbourne fresh off an opening round loss to Kirsten Flipkens in Hobart.

The Only previous match between the pair ended in a 6-3 6-2 win for Radwanska in Katowice in 2014.

Ana Bogdan vs Kristyna Pliskova, Shenzhen R2 Preview

Shenzhen Open, R2 Preview
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Ana Bogdan vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kristyna Pliskova

Kristyna Pliskova caused the biggest upset of the tournament thus far in the opening round on Tuesday. Pliskova eliminated the 2nd seeded Jelena Ostapenko with a straight set win. Pliskova will be back in action on Wednesday night where she takes on Romaniaโ€™s Ana Bogdan. It will be interesting to see if Pliskova can back-up one of the biggest wins of her career and clinch a quarter-final birth in Shenzhen.

Ana Bogdan secured her spot in the second round at the Shenzhen Open with a fairly easy 6-4 6-2 win over a wayward Camila Giorgi. Like Pliskova, Bogdan largely benefited from a struggling opponent to proceed to the next round in Shenzhen. Bogdan is on the cusp of cracking into the top 100, every win at this level is vital for the Romanian.

Kristyna Pliskova started her 2018 season in perfect fashion. Pliskova made the most of a wayward Jelena Ostapenko to claim a 6-1 6-4 victory. Pliskovaโ€™s first serve was her biggest weapon, as usual. Pliskova served 11 aces including 9 in the first set where she was particularly devastating. Pliskova squandered a break lead twice in the second set and did well to hold her nerves and serve out the match with some solid play.

Kristyna Pliskova has won both of the previous matches between the pair. The most recent match was a 6-4 5-7 6-0 win in Linz in 2016. Can Pliskova make it 3 wins in a row over Bogdan or will the Romanian cause an upset?

Magdalena Rybarikova vs Kristyna Pliskova, U.S Open R2 Preview

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(31) ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Magdalena Rybarikova vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kristyna Pliskova

The 31st seeded Magdalena Rybarikova will face a tough task in the second round at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday as she comes up against the big-serving Kristyna Pliskova. Rybarikova and Pliskova both cruised through their opening round matches on Monday. Rybarikova navigated her way past the always-dangerous Camila Giorgi 6-3 6-4 whilst Pliskova comfortably accounted for Misa Eguchi with a 6-2 6-2 win. This will be the first career meeting between Rybarikova and Pliskova, this should be entertaining match-up between two very contrasting types of competitors.

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Angelique Kerber vs Kristyna Pliskova, Eastbourne R2 Preview

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(1) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Angelique Kerber vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kristyna Pliskova

Angelique Kerber will finally begin her grass court campaign on Tuesday with a potentially tricky second round clash against big serving Czech, Kristyna Pliskova. Kerber was forced to postpone the start to her grass court season by a few weeks due to a hamstring injury. The world number 1 will look to start to build some much needed momentum in Eastbourne before Wimbledon where the German is the defending finalist. Kristyna Pliskova is playing well at the moment and will make life hard for Kerber.

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Dominika Cibulkova vs Kristyna Pliskova, Indian Wells R3 Preview

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(5) ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Dominika Cibulkova vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kristyna Pliskova

Dominika Cibulkova faces a unique challenge on Sunday when she comes up against the big-serving Kristyna Pliskova. Cibulkova will be wary of Pliskova who is starting to make a name for herself after living in the shadow of twin sister Karolina Pliskova in recent years. Kristyna has had a couple of notable wins in recent times and is always a dangerous opponent because she can take care of her service games with ease when playing at her best. Cibulkova is one of the best returners in on tour, so this will be an interesting first time encounter between the pair.

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Angelique Kerber vs Kristyna Pliskova, Australian Open R3 Preview

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(1) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Angelique Kerber vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kristyna Pliskova

Angelique Kerber has been pushed to three sets in the opening two matches of her title defense at Melbourne Park. The world number 1 was seemingly heading for a straight set win in both matches but was forced into a decider by Lesia Tsurenko and Carina Witthoeft. Kerber will be aiming for a more commanding victory when she comes up against Kristyna Pliskova at the third round stage on Friday. Kristyna Pliskova will not be a pushover, the Czech is finally starting to live up to her potential and is always a dangerous opponent because of the big weapons she possesses.

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