Brisbane International, R1 Prediction
?? (5) Karolina Pliskova vs. ?? Yulia Putintseva
Karolina Pliskova should extend her perfect record over Yulia Putintseva with a straightforward victory to begin her Brisbane International campaign. Pliskova has won both of the previous matches between the pair, both in straight sets, both on a hard court, including a 6-3 6-1 win at the Brisbane International in 2017.
Pliskova’s powerful game spells trouble for Putintseva on this surface. Putintseva’s shots will sit up very nicely, right into the Pliskova strike zone. The difference in service quality is extreme in this match-up, making it near impossible for Putintseva to have success in this match-up on this particular surface. Expect Pliskova to cruise through this one.