(2) Petra Kvitova vs Karolina Pliskova
The final of the 2015 Apia Sydney International will be an all Czech affair with Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova set to do battle on Friday evening.
Karolina Pliskova advanced to her first premier level final with an extremely impressive 6-3 6-2 victory over Angelique Kerber in just 55 minutes. Pliskova smacked Kerber off the court, the German simply had no answer to Karolina’s booming serve and powerful groundstrokes.
Karolina served amazingly well in her semi-final victory, as she has all week. The Czech won every single one of her service games (she didn’t face any break points) and stunningly lost just one point on her first serve. Pliskova also returned extremely well, taking her chances and breaking the Kerber serve multiple times.
It’s been an absolutely wonderful start to the season for Pliskova, she is certainly one of the form players heading into Melbourne and a threat to the major contenders.
Kvitova avenged her semi-final loss to Tsvetana Pironkova at last years Sydney international with a reasonably comfortable 7-5 6-2 victory. Petra didn’t really get going until midway through the opening set, when she found her range she was too hot for Pironkova to handle. Kvitova has also made a solid start to the season, another title would be the cherry on top and ensure she heads to Melbourne full of confidence.
Petra emerged victorious in the only previous meeting between the two, a three set victory in Wuhan late last year.
Karolina has played outstanding tennis this week, there is no reason why she can’t cause an upset in this final. If Karolina serves as well as she has been and keeps her cool under pressure she will be presented with opportunities. However I’m going to stick to the prediction in my initial tournament preview, Petra’s experience in big occasions will be a vital factor.
Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Karolina Pliskova in three sets