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?? (5) Karolina Pliskova vs. ?? Su-Wei Hsieh
Karolina Pliskova and Su-Wei Hsieh will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the third round stage of the Miami Open on Saturday. This match-up will feature an intriguing contrast in styles. The big serve and powerful game of Pliskova up against the awesome touch and finesse of Hsieh. Hsieh caused some big upsets earlier this year in Melbourne, can she claim another big scalp in Miami?
Karolina Pliskova received a bye through the opening round in Miami before navigating her way through an extremely tough second round clash. Pliskova booked her spot in the third round with a 7-5 7-5 win over Ekaterina Makarova, a solid opening test for last year’s semi-finalist. Pliskova arrived in Miami in decent form having reached the quarter-finals in Indian Wells last week, it has generally been a good season for Pliskova, very consistent but unspectacular results.
Su-Wei Hsieh’s resurgence is continuing. Hsieh ignited her season with a magical run to the fourth round in Melbourne and has picked up her form over the last month. Hsieh claimed the Indian Wells doubles title alongside Barbora Strycova last week and also came through the qualifying draw in singles to reach the second round. Hsieh has advanced to the third round in Miami courtesy of straight set wins over Kate Boulter and Sorana Cirstea. Hsieh looked down and out in the opening set against Cirstea at 2-5 down before upping her game to win the next 8 games and take complete control of the match.
Su-Wei Hsieh has beaten some big names in 2018, wins over Strycova, Muguruza and Radwanska, can Hsieh add Pliskova to her list of victims?