Karolina Pliskova vs Veronica Cepede-Royg, Roland Garros R4 Preview

Roland Garros, ?? R4 Preview + Prediction
(2) ?? Karolina Pliskova vs ?? Veronica Cepede-Royg

A huge opportunity presents itself to Karolina Pliskova on Monday as she aims to reach the quarter-final stage at Roland Garros for the first time. The second seed in Paris had low expectations heading into the event given her struggles on clay, all of a sudden Pliskova is a strong favourite to reach the quarter-final stage and from there anything could happen. Pliskova meets Veronica Cepede-Royg at the fourth round stage on Monday, a big chance for Pliskova but also for Cepede-Royg given she is far more comfortable on a clay court.

Karolina Pliskova arrived in Paris having never gone past the second round at Roland Garros. Pliskova started the week with a solid win over Saisai Zheng before labouring to a three set win over Ekaterina Alexandrova. Pliskova secured her spot in the fourth round with a 7-5 6-1 win over Carina Witthoeft. Pliskova has undoubtedly improved on clay, the second seed is shaping up as a serious contender in Paris.

Veronica Cepede-Royg’s run to the fourth round has been one of the biggest shocks of the tournament. Cepede-Royg has certainly not benefited from an easy draw, the 25-year-old has earned her spot in the fourth round. Cepede-Royg started the week with a straight set in over Lucie Safarova before causing a huge shock as she eliminated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in 3 sets. Cepede-Royg confirmed her pot in the fourth round by battling past Mariana Duque-Marino 3-6 7-6 6-3.

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This will be the first career meeting between Pliskova and Cepede-Royg. This match-up obviously features a big contrast in styles, Pliskova clearly has far more firepower both from the baseline and the service line, however Cepede-Royg is a natural clay court payer and is far more comfortable on the surface. Despite the surface favouring Cepede-Royg, Pliskova is still likely to be too strong here. This is a huge chance for Pliskova and I think she will make the most of it with a strong performance.

Prediction: Karolina Pliskova to defeat Veronica Cepede-Royg in 2 sets

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