WTA Finals Singapore, White Group match prediction
?? (4) Petra Kvitova vs. ?? (7) Karolina Pliskova
This is a tough match to predict given both Kvitova and Pliskova enter this match with question marks surrounding their form and fitness. Kvitova has made a slow start to the event, losing her first two matches and therefore needs to win this match in straight sets to get through the group. Conversely Pliskova is 1 win and 1 loss but is seemingly running low on energy after she admitted to feeling fatigued in her match against Svitolina after all of her recent travels.
I’m going to side with Kvitova here. Kvitova historically does very well against fellow Czech players and that has been true in this match-up where she has won all 3 of their previous matches. Both have aggressive games and like to play first-strike tennis. This is the type of match-up that Kvitova enjoys because she is slightly better than Pliskova in most departments and has a more explosive game and better touch at the net. In a close match I would favour Kvitova to get the job done because her of greater mental toughness. Pliskova’s declaration of fatigue is a bit of a red flag even if Kvitova isn’t playing near her best right now.