Karolina Pliskova vs Svetlana Kuznetsova, Indian Wells SF Preview

BNP Paribas Open, ??? Indian Wells, SF #1 Match Preview
(3) ?? Karolina Pliskova vs (8) ?? Svetlana Kuznetsova

An intriguing semi-final match-up at the BNP Paribas Open sees Karolina Pliskova take on Svetlana Kuznetsova, a match-up that features a great contrast in styles. Pliskova and Kuznetsova both bring good form into the final 4 having both advanced to the semi-finals with a straight set win over a quality opponent. This will be the third meeting between the pair, the two previous matches were split a win apiece, both at the end of last year and on a hard court. All signs points to a very close, hard-fought match.

Karolina Pliskova has advanced to her second consecutive semi-final appearance in Indian Wells, the world number 3 has had to overcome some tight situations to book her spot in the final four. The tournament did not start off well for Pliskova, she looked set to lose her opening match when she trailed Monica Puig 0-3 in the deciding set. Pliskova managed to sneak out of that match before claiming a tough two set win over Irina-Camelia Begu. Pliskova benefited from Bacsinszky’s retirement to advance to the quarter-final where she eliminated Garbine Muguruza courtesy of a 7-6 7-6 win. Pliskova’s serve failed to fire for much of the match but she was the tougher of the two at the critical moments in each tiebreak.

Svetlana Kuznetsova is into her first semi-final of 2017. The Russian started the week with a tight two set win over Johanna Larsson before winning a topsy-turvy three set match against Roberta Vinci. Kuznetsova’s level has increased as the tournament has progressed. Kuznetsova thrashed Caroline Garcia 6-1 6-4 and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 6-2 to set up a clash with Karolina Pliskova on Friday.

The head-to-head record between the two is split at 1 win apiece. Kuznetsova won their most recent match, an epic 3-6 6-2 7-6 win at the WTA Finals in Singapore late last year. Pliskova won their first meeting a few months earlier, 6-3 4-6 6-2 on route to the title in Cincinnati.

I suspect Kuznetsova will have the slight edge on this occasion. Mostly because the surface in Indian Wells should favour Kuznetsova in this match-up. The Indian Wells surface is slower than a typical hard court and balls bounce nicely which very much suits Kuznetsova. Nevertheless, Pliskova has made two semi-finals in a row here and is tough to beat no matter what if she is serving at her best. Ultimately, I think Kuznetsova will grind out the win here as she eventually wares down her opponent.

Prediction: Svetlana Kuznetsova to defeat Karolina Pliskova in 3 sets

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0 responses to “Karolina Pliskova vs Svetlana Kuznetsova, Indian Wells SF Preview”

    • Yeah, it should be a close one. I expect Kuznetsova to win given the conditions and Pliskova has not being playing that well this tournament.. but who knows

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