??? Miami Open, SF #2 Prediction
?? (2) Simona Halep vs. ?? (5) Karolina Pliskova
Two former world number 1’s will do battle for the final spot in the Miami Open championship match when Simona Halep comes up against Karolina Pliskova on Thursday night. This has been a very successfully match-up for Halep in recent times and I expect it will prove be a problematic match-up for Pliskova once again.
I think Halep will be far too strong for Pliskova here. This is a terrible match-up for Pliskova. Halep reads the Pliskova game like only a few others can do. Halep’s consistency from the baseline, great defense and anticipation mean that Pliskova needs to play on the edge to even stand a chance in this match-up. The conditions in Miami also heavily favour Halep, the courts are slow, especially at night when these two will play, this makes Pliskova’s task even more difficult. Pliskova needs to play her best for basically the entire match, her recent form suggests that is very, very unlikely. Halep should be too solid.