??? US OPEN: QF Prediction
?? (8) Karolina Pliskova vs. ?? (17) Serena Williams
This will be the first time Karolina Pliskova and Serena Williams have gone head-to-head in 2 years, a match-up between two former world number 1’s and two of the best serves on tour. Expect this to be a match dominated by serve, there will be few breaks, meaning this a match that will be decided by small margins. Pliskova won the last meeting between the pair, but Serena seems far better positioned this time around.
Despite the small margins, the winner seems pretty clear. This is a match that I expect Serena to win. The last time Pliskova beat Serena, she was injured and heavily retired. Serena very rarely struggles in these types of match-ups and should be too strong for Pliskova, especially on a fairly slow hard court. Pliskova has weapons but Serena can match and better those weapons. Serena has a better serve, a better return of serve, better movement, better mentality and more variety.