Kristyna Pliskova vs. Serena Williams, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, R1 Preview
🇨🇿 Kristyna Pliskova vs. 🇺🇸 Serena Williams

Serena Williams will make her first appearance at a Grand Slam event since winning the 2017 Australian Open title when she takes on Kristina Pliskova in the opening round in Paris. Serena has played minimal tennis since that amazing triumph, the 23-time Grand Slam champion will be competing in the main draw at Roland Garros for the first time since a runner-up showing in 2016.

Serena Williams of the United States practices at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Kristyna Pliskova’s form in the lead up to Paris has been surprisingly impressive. Pliskova reached the quarter-finals in Prague and Nuremburg whilst she came through the qualifying draw to reach the third round in Madrid. Clay is considered Pliskova’s least preferred surface but clearly she is competent on the surface.

Serena Williams made her much anticipated return to the tour earlier this year during the sunshine double. Serena’s form was decent but she was clearly rusty and not close to her best. Serena won a couple of matches in Indian Wells before succumbing to Venus in the third round, A week later Serena was beaten in the opening round in Miami by Naomi Osaka in straight sets. A few months later It will be fascinating to see what type of level Serena can bring to the courts at Roland Garros.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair, can Pliskova cause a big upset?

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Mihaela Buzarnescu vs. Kristyna Pliskova, Prague QF Preview

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🇷🇴 (7) Mihaela Buzarnescu vs. 🇨🇿 Kristyna Pliskova

The 7th seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu takes on local favourite Kristyna Pliskova at the quarter-final stage of the Prague Open on Thursday. This will be the first career meeting between Buzarnescu and Pliskova, a pair of lefties with contrasting games. This is a huge opportunity for both ladies to reach a rare semi-final at the WTA tour level, who will step up and make the most of this chance?

Mihaela Buzarnescu’s form has not been great of late. The Romanian’s run to the quarter-finals this week in Prague is the first time she has won back-to-back matches since Doha almost 3 months ago and only the third time in 2018 that she has managed to win more than 1 match at a single tournament. Buzarnescu’s wins this week have followed a similar path, a comfortable opening set followed by a challenging second set, a 6-1 7-5 win over Beatriz Haddad Maia and a 6-0 7-6 win over Antonia Lottner. Lottner did serve for the second set at 5-4 and was ahead 40-15 so it was a great effort by the Romanian to close out her second round match in straight sets.

Clay is not a surface that one would expect Kristyna Pliskova to thrive on, however Pliskova is having a good week on the clay in Prague for a second year in a row. Pliskova came agonizingly close to winning the title in Prague last year where she was overrun by Mona Barthel in the final, Pliskova has now put herself in a position to contend for the title once again. Pliskova has beaten a pair of solid opponents to reach her second quarter-final of the year, a 7-6 6-3 win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich and a 6-2 7-6 win over Qiang Wang.

It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out in what will be the first career meeting between the pair.

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Karolina Pliskova vs. Kristyna Pliskova, Prague R1 Preview

J&T Banka Prague Open, R1 Preview
🇨🇿 (1) Karolina Pliskova vs. 🇨🇿 Kristyna Pliskova

The Pliskova twins will go head-to-head for the first time since 2013 when they meet at the opening round stage in Prague. It is Karolina who enters this clash on a high fresh off winning the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Whilst the locals will be looking forward to this clash, the Pliskova’s certainly are not, this will be an awkward encounter as both have indicated that they do not like this match-up. Both have had previous success in Prague, Karolina won the event in 2015 whilst Kristyna was the runner-up in 2017.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in action during the final of the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Karolina Pliskova made the ideal start to her 2018 clay court season by claiming her 10th title as she won in Stuttgart, her biggest title on a clay court. The highlight of Pliskova’s week in Stuttgart was her strong serving, Pliskova served 52 aces which was the most aces anyone has served in 1 tournmant in 2018. It was a tough week for Pliskova, she was forced to beat 4 top 30 opponents on route to the title, a 7-6 6-4 win over CoCo Vandeweghe in the final secured her first title of the year.

Kristyna Pliskova also made a good start to her 2018 clay court season a few weeks ago where she claimed a couple of big wins on route to the quarter-final stage in Charleston. Kristyna claimed 3 upset wins in a row in Charleston, beating Katerina Siniakova, Petra Kvitova and Elena Vesnina to reach the quarter-finals before succumbing to Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets. More recently Kristyna suffered a straight set loss at the hands of Camila Giorgi in Lugano.

It is Karolina who holds a slight 5-4 H2H record over Kristyna. The pair have only met on one occasion at the WTA level, a 7-6 3-6 6-3 win for Kristyna on grass in Eastbourne way back in 2013. Clearly it is Karolina who has been the far better player over the last few years but in a match-up with little margin, an upset is still a possibility.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Kristyna Pliskova, Australian Open R1 Preview

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(26) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska vs 🇨🇿 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. Radwanska’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, Radwanska’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
🇷🇴 Ana Bogdan vs 🇨🇿 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 Romania’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. Pliskova’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) 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova vs 🇨🇿 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) 🇩🇪 Angelique Kerber vs 🇨🇿 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) 🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova vs 🇨🇿 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) 🇩🇪 Angelique Kerber vs 🇨🇿 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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