Caroline Wozniacki vs Karolina Pliskova, Miami SF Preview

Miami Open, ???? SF Match Preview
(2) ?? Karolina Pliskova vs (12) ?? Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova will renew their rivalry when they meet at the semi-final stage of the Miami Open on Thursday. The pair contested the Doha final last month where Pliskova claimed the title with a 6-3 6-4 win, it was the Czech’s first win over Wozniacki after the Dane won the first three encounters between the pair. Pliskova and Wozniacki are arguably the two most in form players on tour, both have cruised through to the final four in Miami without dropping a set, this should be an entertaining battle between two very contrasting types of opponents.

Both players enter this semi-final clash in outstanding form. Caroline Wozniacki has won 16 of her last 19 matches whilst Pliskova has an awesome 23-3 win-loss record in 2017. Wozniacki has claimed straight set wins over Varvara Lepchenko, Sorana Cirstea, Garbine Muguruza (via retirement) and Lucie Safarova to advance to the final four in Miami. Whilst Karolina Pliskova has claimed straight set wins over Madison Brengle, Yulia Putintseva, Barbora Strycova and finally a 6-3 6-4 win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni to book a place in semi-finals.

Caroline Wozniacki leads the head-to-head series 3-1, Wozniacki won the first three meetings between the pair but Pliskova emerged victorious in their most recent match, a straight set win in the final in Doha last month. Wozniacki won their three previous matches, all on a hard court, but all required three sets.

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This match-up features a big contrast in styles, the big hitting and big serving Pliskova up against the consistency and defensive skills of Wozniacki. Usually, Pliskova should have an edge in this match-up, particularly on a medium-quick court. However, the court in Miami is on the slow side for a hard court, meaning it will be tough for Pliskova to hit through Wozniacki on a consistent basis. Wozniacki will have more time to return the Pliskova first serve and there should be more extended rallies on this surface. I suspect Wozniacki will eventually come out on top in a close match.

Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki to defeat Karolina Pliskova in 3 sets

0 responses to “Caroline Wozniacki vs Karolina Pliskova, Miami SF Preview”

  1. After your analysis on the Kerber v Venus match and now this – I doubt you are watching the tournament. Pliskova will beat Wozniacki in 2 sets. Pliskova has a deadly serve and hits winners – Defensive players like Wozniacki and Kerber will play well in grass. On these hard courts and current form, Pliskova is too strong for Wozniacki!

  2. Pliskova getting pushed and trashed by Wozniacki. 😮
    Wozniacki is in her best shape since 2nd half 2014.

  3. Nice call WTA addict, Woz wore her out on the slow hard court with the wind and ran thru her after a tough first set that Woz should have won.

    • Yepp, Pliskova clearly struggled at the end with the tough conditions, Wozniacki just too fit and stable.

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