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?? (5) Karolina Pliskova vs. ?? Zarina Diyas
The 5th seeded Karolina Pliskova continues her 2018 Miami Open campaign on Monday with a fourth round clash against Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas. Pliskova had been extremely consistent in 2018 and now has an excellent opportunity to reach her 5th quarter-final of the season. However, Diyas will not be a pushover, the Kazakh is also in good form and is capable of causing an upset.
Karolina Pliskova has not necessarily been playing her best tennis in 2018 but has still managed to accumulate an impressive number of victories. Pliskova has come through two tough matches to reach the fourth round stage in Miami after receiving a bye through the opening round. Pliskova started the event with a 7-5 7-5 win over Ekaterina Makarova before just sneaking by Su-Wei Hsieh 6-4 1-6 7-6.
Zarina Diyas is having a great week in Miami. The Kazakh kick-started her campaign with a tight straight set win over Jennifer Brady before comfortably defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets. Diyas booked her spot in the second week of the second premier mandatory event of the season courtesy of a gutsy 4-6 7-5 6-0 win over Germany’s Carina Witthoeft.
The only previous match between the pair took place in Birmingham in 2015, Pliskova won that match 6-2 6-2.