Brisbane International R2. Match Preview
?? (5) Karolina Pliskova vs. ?? (Q) Marie Bouzkova
Karolina Pliskova enters her second round clash with in-form qualifier Marie Bouzkova as a strong favourite. Pliskova will be playing to reach her third consecutive quarter-final in Brisbane whilst Bouzkova will be aiming to capture the biggest win of her career and a maiden WTA tour level quarter-final birth.
Karolina Pliskova got off to a shaky start in Brisbane. Pliskova found herself down a set and a break against Yulia Putintseva in her opening match of the season, Pliskova steadied to capture a 4-6 6-3 6-4 victory. Pliskova’s level improved as the match went on, her serve was particularly impressive in the third set as she fired down 7 aces and did not face a break point.
Maria Bouzkova has already won 4 matches this week in Brisbane and has beaten several quality opponents. Bouzkova won 3 matches in the qualifying draw including wins over Kostyuk and Golubic. Bouzkova’s opening round win in the main draw came against Samantha Stosur, a 4-6 6-2 6-2 victory. Bouzkova’s level in the second and third sets was very high, Stosur couldn’t handle it.
Can Bouzkova challenge her compatriot in their first career meeting?