Karolina Pliskova vs Elina Svitolina, Rome QF Preview

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(2) ?? Karolina Pliskova vs (8) ?? Elina Svitolina

Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina will renew hostilities on Friday when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The contrast in styles between these two always make for an interesting clash, surprisingly Svitolina is yet to score a win over Pliskova, the Czech holds a perfect 5-0 record over the Ukrainian. Svitolina will be confident that she can reserve that trend in their first clay court meeting since 2014.

Karolina Pliskova has not been able to replicate her tremendous early season form to the clay courts, that is changing in Rome. Pliskova arrived in Rome having never won a main draw match at the tournament, the second seed has however claimed two impressive wins to advance to her seventh quarter-final of the year. Pliskova trashed Lauren Davis 6-1 6-1 in the first round before obtaining an important 6-1 7-5 win over Timea Bacsinszky.

Elina Svitolina looms as one of the most dangerous players on a clay court heading into Roland Garros. The Ukrainian has already won three titles in 2017, including a title on clay in Istanbul a few weeks ago. Svitolina arrived in Rome on the back of a disappointing first round loss in Madrid, the eight seed has bounced back nicely, grinding past Alize Cornet and Mona Barthel in a couple of tough matches.

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Karolina Pliskova holds a dominant 5-0 record over Elina Svitolina. The most recent match between the two was earlier this year in Brisbane where Pliskova claimed a 6-4 6-2 victory on route to winning the title.

Despite the one-sided head-to-head record, I think Svitolina will get the job done here. The conditions in Rome heavily favour Svitolina in this match-up, there will be enough longer rallies for Svitolina to frustrate Pliskova and get her moving around the court, exposing her questionable movement on the surface. Svitolina will be extra determined heading into this match given their previous matches and will be too strong on this occasion.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Karolina Pliskova in 3 sets

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