Fed Cup: Semi-Final – Rubber 2 preview
?? Czech Republic vs. ?? Germany
?? Karolina Pliskova vs. ?? Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber will look to continue her recent dominance over Karolina Pliskova when the pair meet in the crucial second rubber of the 2018 Fed Cup semi-finals tie between the Czech Republic and Germany. Pliskova and Kerber have been two of the most consistent players on tour in 2018. This is a match-up that usually brings out the best of both players, expect a high quality encounter between two in form players.
Karolina Pliskova has been solid but unspectacular in 2018. Whilst on paper Pliskova’s results look really good given she has reached 5 quarter-finals, her level of play has been just satisfactory for the most part. Like Kvitova, Pliskova has a great Fed Cup record having amassed a 13-3 win/loss record across single and doubles. If there is a setting where Pliskova can reverse her recent woes against Kerber, Perhaps it is here?
Angelique Kerber has been very impressive in 2018, the German has reached 6 quarter-finals, reaching at least the final 8 in all 6 tournaments she has competed in this year. Kerber will look to spearhead Germany to a rare win over the Czech Republic, Germany have won just 1 tie against the Czech Republic in 8 previous meetings. Kerber will need to be on her game to help Germany reverse that trend.
Kerber holds a commanding 7-3 head-to-head record over Pliskova. Kerber has won 5 of the last 6 matches between the pair including 3 wins in a row heading into this match. The most recent match between the pair took place earlier this year in Dubai where Kerber won 6-4 6-3.