(11) Karolina Pliskova vs Irina Falconi
Karolina Pliskova has been handed a seemingly comfortable opening round fixture, the Czech will open her 2015 Wimbledon campaign against American: Irina Falconi. Pliskova enters Wimbledon as a genuine contender, the first time such expectations have been placed on Karolina heading into a Grand Slam. It will be interesting to see how Karolina handles the pressure over the next fortnight, her strong mentality suggests she will handle the pressure quite well.
Despite having a booming serve and punishing groundstrokes, Karolina hasn’t made an impact on the grass courts in the past. Pliskova has only managed to reach the second round in her past two Wimbledon campaigns, Karolina will want to go much further this time around.
Pliskova’s preparation for Wimbledon has been close to perfect. Pliskova arrives at Wimbledon full of confidence after reaching the final in Birmingham and getting a few more matches under her belt in Eastbourne. Pliskova defeated Carla Suarez Navarro and Kristina Mladenovic on route to the final in Birmingham where succumbed to Angelique Kerber in an epic final.
Despite losing the final to Kerber in a third set tiebreaker, Pliskova’s Performance in that match was extremely encouraging, she matched one the tours most competent grass court competitors, a good sign heading into Wimbledon.
Irina Falconi is also yet to go any further than the second round at Wimbledon. That is unlikely to change this year. The American has had a typically lacklustre season, yet to pick up any notable victories. Furthermore, the American’s game isn’t suited to the grass, Irina has only picked up one main draw victory on grass over the past three seasons.
Karolina Pliskova won the only previous encounter between these two, a 7-6 6-3 victory in the final round of qualifying at the Sydney International back in 2013. A lot has changed since then, Karolina has improved dramatically and is now one of the tour’s biggest stars.
This should be a rather comfortable victory for Karolina to open her 2015 Wimbledon campaign. Falconi doesn’t have the weapons to trouble Pliskova, the Czech is likely to be all over the American and will come through this match in straight sets .
Prediction: Karolina Pliskova to defeat Irina Falconi in 2 sets