J&T Banka Prague Open, R1 Prediction
?? (1) Karolina Pliskova vs. ?? Kristyna Pliskova
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I have to side with Karolina here. All signs seemingly point to Karolina winning this. Firstly, it is Karolina who enters this tournament in great form having won the title at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart last week. Secondly it is Karolina who is far, far more consistent. Karolina has been a permanent member of the top 10 for a while whilst Kristyna has struggled to push into the top 50 because of her inconsistency.
These two obviously know each other’s games very well. Both have big serves, two of the best serves on tour. Both base their game around their serve. The difference is that Karolina’s serve is far more reliable and Karolina has a more versatile and more consistent game from the baseline. Given how well Karolina played last week I expect her to be too sharp for Kristyna and should win reasonably comfortably.