Karolina Pliskova vs. Caroline Garcia, US Open R2 Preview

2020 US OPEN – R2 preview + prediction: ??
?? (1) Karolina Pliskova vs. ?? Caroline Garcia

Arguably the most intriguing second round match-up from the 2020 US Open sees the top seeded Karolina Pliskova take on the always-dangerous Caroline Garcia. Pliskova enters this match as a strong favourite but is unlikely to have things all her own way in a match-up that she has previously struggled in. A danger match for the top seed early in the tournament.

The 2020 US Open is perhaps Karolina Pliskova’s greatest chance to finally win a major title. Pliskova was the runner-up at Flushing Meadows in 2016 and will hoping she can go one step further in a weakened field with many of her main rivals not in attendance. Pliskova made a good start to the tournament with a 6-4 6-0 win over Anhelina Kalinina but will face a much, much tougher test in the next round.

The US Open has historically been Caroline Garcia’s least successful major, the only major that the Frenchwoman hasn’t reached the second week in singles. Nevertheless, Garcia made a solid start to her 2020 campaign at Flushing Meadows with an easy 6-3 6-2 win over Jasmine Paolini.

The head-to-head record between Pliskova and Garcia is split at 3 wins apiece. The most recent meeting between the pair saw Garcia emerge victorious in the 2018 Tianjin final, a 7-6 6-3 win for Garcia. All 6 of the previous meetings between the pair were tight matches, 3 of them went the distance, the other 3 were very close 2 set matches.

I’m going to go for the upset here. Garcia has what it takes to bring down the top seeded Pliskova. Garcia’s strong return of serve is the problem for Pliskova in this match-up, Garcia’s ability to handle the Pliskova serve is greater than most on tour, importantly Garcia can also manage her own service games nicely in this match-up. Meanwhile, Garcia has the greater flare and variety from the baseline and a stronger game at the net. The quick surface will give Garcia the chance to dominate and to rush Pliskova with her early ball striking and ability to quickly move up the court. The pressure is all on Pliskova in this match, another factor working in Garcia’s favour. Upset alert!

Prediction: Caroline Garcia to defeat Karolina Pliskova in 3 sets
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