Brisbane International, R2 Prediction
(2) ?? Karolina Pliskova vs ?? Catherine Bellis
Karolina Pliskova will begin her title defense against Catherine Bellis in Brisbane. This is not an easy opening match for Pliskova but I suspect the world number 4 will be too strong for her 18-year-old opponent. Bellis is a solid, consistent player from the baseline but I don’t think that will help her here. Pliskova will be able to dictate both in her service games and off the Bellis serve. I don’t think Bellis is too effective when she is pushed behind the baseline, her defensive skills are not the best. For these reasons I think Pliskova will win this pretty easily, on a quick hard court surface that really suits Pliskova’s game.