?? Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, QF Prediction
?? (3) Karolina Pliskova vs ?? (6) Angelique Kerber
Most signs point to a Kerber victory. There is no doubt that Kerber has been in better form throughout 2018, much stronger form than Pliskova. Kerber also has a great recent record against Pliskova having won 4 of their last 5 matches. Pliskova has a tendency to struggle against the best counter-punchers because her poor movement is really exposed in these match-ups. This was evident in Pliskova’s comprehensive loss to Simona Halep at the Australian Open earlier this year. Pliskova’s last couple of matches have been very unimpressive. A straight set loss to Bellis in Doha last week and a scrappy 3 set win over Suarez Navarro yesterday in Dubai. Given the way Pliskova has played recently and her poor record against Kerber, I expect the German to win this reasonably comfortably. Kerber’s strengths expose all the weaknesses in the Pliskova game and the German is full of confidence right now.