Karolina Pliskova vs Magda Linette, U.S Open R1 Preview

US Open, ????? R1 Preview + Prediction
(1) ?? Karolina Pliskova vs ?? Magda Linette

Karolina Pliskova will be competing at a Grand Slam event as the world number 1 for the first time at this year’s U.S Open. The 2016 runner-up in New York begins her 2017 campaign with a first round clash against Poland’s Magda Linette. The U.S Open is a special event for Pliskova given the 2016 tournament was her first major breakthrough at the Grand Slam level, since then Pliskova has been the most consistent player on tour and is one of the favourites to win the title in 2017.

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New York looms as the most likely Grand Slam for Pliskova to win a maiden major title. Pliskova came agonizingly close in 2016, Pliskova was up a break in the deciding set of the final against Angelique Kerber before being overrun by the German. In 2017, the expectations are much higher on Pliskova in New York, the Czech is the current world number 1 and has been the most consistent player over the last 12 months. Pliskova’s game is perfectly suited to the conditions in New York.

Pliskova won the only previous tour level match against Linette, a 6-2 6-1 win in Tianjin in 2015. Linette arrives in New York fresh off a decent week in New Haven where she came through the qualifying draw and had an impressive win over Roberta Vinci in the main draw. Otherwise, Linette’s recent form has been very poor and there is little to suggest she can push Pliskova here. This should be a good match-up for Pliskova and I expect her to make a quick start to the tournament.

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Prediction: Karolina Pliskova to defeat Magda Linette in 2 sets

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