Dominika Cibulkova vs Kristyna Pliskova, Indian Wells R3 Preview

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(5) ?? Dominika Cibulkova vs ?? Kristyna Pliskova

Dominika Cibulkova faces a unique challenge on Sunday when she comes up against the big-serving Kristyna Pliskova. Cibulkova will be wary of Pliskova who is starting to make a name for herself after living in the shadow of twin sister Karolina Pliskova in recent years. Kristyna has had a couple of notable wins in recent times and is always a dangerous opponent because she can take care of her service games with ease when playing at her best. Cibulkova is one of the best returners in on tour, so this will be an interesting first time encounter between the pair.

Dominika Cibulkova came through a tough opening round match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Cibulkova received a bye through to the second round where she overcame a strong challenge from the feisty Jelena Ostapenko, eventually coming out on top with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 triumph. It was a bit of a shaky performance by Cibulkova but the real positive was that she ended the match very strongly, playing great tennis when it mattered most to run over the top of a dangerous opponent.

Kristyna Pliskova is on the verge of cracking into the top 50 in the rankings for the first time in her career. Pliskova has made a good start to the season and has made a very impressive start to her BNP Paribas Open campaign by claiming two commanding victories. Pliskova’s serve was not broken throughout her first two wins: 6-0 6-3 over Bethanie-Mattek-Sands and another 6-0 6-3 win over Daria Kasatkina. It will be interesting to see how Pliskova goes against Cibulkova in the next round, a much tougher test.

I suspect this will not be a good match-up for Kristyna Pliskova. Cibulkova has one of the best returns of serve in women’s tennis which will take away from Pliskova’s main strength, her serve. Once Cibulkova gets into a rally with Pliskova she will win a large majority of the points, Pliskova’s only hope is that she serves at her very best and takes full advantage of Cibulkova’s second serve. On a slower surface, I believe Cibulkova will win this pretty comfortably unless she has a poor day.

Prediction: Dominika Cibulkova to defeat Kristyna Pliskova in 2 sets


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0 responses to “Dominika Cibulkova vs Kristyna Pliskova, Indian Wells R3 Preview”

  1. Cibulkova will need to cut down on the double faults if she wants to beat Kristyna Pliskova in two sets. Like her twin sister, Karolina, Kristyna also has the big serve. But, Kristyna is also a dangerous lefty too. Karolina already played Cibulkova in Doha before winning the title. So, Karolina can give some good tips to Kristyna.

  2. I’ve always known Kristyna Pliskova to be an extremely tricky opponent. She sent Roberta Vinci packing her bags in Dubai in what I think was the biggest come-from-behind win I ever saw. If Kristyna Pliskova can deliver two 6-0 sets in two straight set wins, she definitely has the power to cause Cibulkova some trouble. I believe this could be a two tight-setter upset, where Kristyna Pliskova will score her second top 10 win.

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