?? Wimbledon, R2 Prediction
?? (7) Karolina Pliskova vs. ?? Victoria Azarenka
Karolina Pliskova and Victoria Azarenka have built up an intriguing rivalry over the years. The pair will renew hostilities in an intriguing second round clash at Wimbledon on Wednesday, a brutal early round draw for both. It is Azarenka who has generally looked to be favoured in this match-up and I’m going to side with the Belarussian in their first career meeting on a grass court.
Azarenka holds a 3-2 H2H record over Pliskova, a 3-1 record on hard courts. Pliskova won in 3 sets on clay earlier this year in Madrid in their most recent match. Azarenka’s ability to neutralize Pliskova’s big weapons makes this a troublesome match-up for the Czech, especially on surfaces where Azarenka moves well.
Pliskova has a very poor record at Wimbledon having never made it past the second round, I think that streak continues here. Pliskova was very unimpressive in her opening round win over Harriet Dart in 3 sets, she has not been playing at her best over the last few weeks and looks vulnerable. Azarenka is ready to take her out. Azarenka is better suited to this surface, her movement is far better and I suspect her impressive counter-punching ability will again get the better of Pliskova here.