??☀️ Palermo Ladies Open – R1 Preview + Prediction
?? (3) Maria Sakkari vs. ?? Kristyna Pliskova
The third seeded Maria Sakkari begins her 2020 Palermo Ladies Open campaign against the big serving Kristyna Pliskova.
Sakkari stands out as the one of the main challengers to win the title in Palermo but will potentially have to overcome some rust in her game given she hasn’t played a competitive match in over 4 months. Pliskova on the other hand has competed in several exhibition events in the Czech Republic during the official tour’s shutdown. Pliskova’s results during those events were generally unremarkable as she won just 50% of her matches and she is never very comfortable on clay.
Sakkari triumphed in the only previous meeting between the pair, a 6/7 6/4 6/4 victory for the Greek player at Wimbledon in 2017, a notable victory for Sakkari on a surface that should favour Pliskova,
This is a match-up that will generally suit Sakkari, especially on a clay court. Once Sakkari can neutralize the Pliskova serve she will have a distinct advantage from the baseline thanks to her far superior stamina and consistency. Sakkari should get into enough rallies to advance to the second round without too many issues.