WTA Miami, Quarter-Final Preview: Karolina Pliskova v Andrea Petkovic

Karolina PliskovaWhile half of the world’s top ten continues to struggle in 2015, Miami has been a good tournament for the in-form players of 2015.  One of those is Karolina Pliskova who won her 21st WTA match of the year on Monday.  I think i’m just going to keep using that stat in every preview I write about Pliskova because it’s a pretty awesome stat!  Pliskova booked her place in the quarters with a straight sets win over Daria Gavrilova, 6-3 6-2.  I think I was hasty when I said that this court surface didn’t suit Pliskova’s game.  Her win over Gavrilova certainly proved me wrong.  Pliskova moved well and returned exceptionally well, forcing Gavrilova in to going for too much.  Gavrilova’s coach, Nicole Pratt nailed it on one of the changeovers.  Gavrilova wasn’t doing much wrong apart from getting frustrated by Pliskova’s brilliance and being impatient.  The Czech player had a brief lull at the end of the match but claimed the win after breaking Gavrilova’s serve for the fifth time.

Pliskova will meet Andrea Petkovic in the quarter-finals of the Miami Open.  In a battle between number 9 and 10 in the rankings, Petkovic beat Ekaterina Makarova, 6-1 7-5 in one hour and 42 minutes.  It was Petkovic’s first top ten win of the year and by quite some distance, her best performance too.  Petkovic has been so up and down this year but on this occasion, she was steady and controlled from the baseline, and barely put a foot wrong.  Makarova hit some blinding backhand winners but was also wildly erratic, particularly in the first set.  Like her match in Indian Wells against Timea Bacsinszky, she looked pissed on the court and aired her frustration to her coach on the changeover.  This was a great night for German tennis fans as Sabine Lisicki also won through with an absolutely BLINDING performance against Sara Errani.  Lisicki’s quarter-final against Serena Williams will be previewed on Moo’s Tennis Blog tomorrow…

Petkovic and Pliskova are tied at 1-1 in their head-to-head; Petkovic won their first match in Cincy in 2013, 7-5 6-2, but Pliskova gained revenge last year in Wuhan with a 6-4 6-4 victory.  As well Petkovic played against Makarova, Pliskova’s level is going to be tough to match.

Prediction: Pliskova d. Petkovic in 2 tight sets

Photo in this post by Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

21 thoughts on “WTA Miami, Quarter-Final Preview: Karolina Pliskova v Andrea Petkovic

  1. I want Pliskova to win pretty badly here. She’s getting sooo close to top ten now and a run to the final would put her there.

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    • You seem to be so ardent about Pliskova (looks?) 🙂
      If Petkovic plays at least nearly to the same level as against Maka…Than the larger number of UE that Pliskova can produce will hand the victory to Andrea over.

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      • I saw big potential in Pliskova when others thought she was going nowhere, so it’s about being right. I think she’s a looker but she’s the wrong sex to do anything for me. 😉

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      • Absolutely, it was the best performance I’ve ever seen from Petkovic. She really seems perfectly adapted to the court conditions, moving so well and hitting the ball hard and soooo low on the bounce. Makarova struggled a lot with her service though.. Pliskova is serving more consistently, maybe that will be the key against Petkovic, but I think the german is playing incredibly well to let this one slip.

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      • Petkovic really was extraordinary. I would question whether she could do it two days in a row though. Pliskova is a much stronger server than Makarova and she also doesn’t give opponents any rhythm, she constantly changes pace and direction. Hopefully it will be a great match though and I’m glad I’m off work to watch it

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  2. Seriously impressed by the quality of the Stephens v Bencic match. Fantastic from both players. Future top 5 players If they can show that kind of commitment and consistency on a regular basis. Disappointing loss for Bencic, but its so good to see Sloane switched on and playing the kind of top class tennis she is capable of.

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    • You’re completely right. I wonder what kind of tricks would Halep pull out in order to overcome the fantastic consistency of Sloane.
      Because Simona cannot hit through Sloane like Serena in IW.
      That’s why Serena got a copy /paste draw from IW but Sloane in her eighth. Stephens got a set off of Williams and seemed to might have push it even further. 🙂

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    • First set was awesome and will definitely watch back the second set. Never been a fan of Sloane, but i’m pleased that she is finally starting to deliver. Just hope she can keep it up.

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      • Is it me or is Saviano a lot more invested in Stephens than Bouchard? He only appeared with Eugenie at the Slams, from what I remember.

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      • I remember Saviano coming on at the changeovers in Genie’s matches, particularly around this time last year. Despite Genie’s results, I never felt like it was a great match. Sloane is playing some of her very best tennis to date and I really feel some of that is down to working with Saviano. He was great on the changeover after the first set against Bencic and she really seems to be taking it all on board.

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      • Was it just US events then? I distinctly remember Sam Smith saying he would only be with her at big events and that was the reason so many other big name players had passed over him in recent years, because he would only be a part time coach.

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  3. Great odds for Pliskova because of Petkovics win, but i am still not comfortable with Petkovics consistency.
    Pliskova takes in two for me

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  4. Petkovic has no sympathies for players who struggle mentally like Makarova and Mladeonvic and esp on a surface she can excel vs powerful flat hitters. So in that way her past results are over-rated imo. Petkovic will have to earn her own bread this time cuz Pliskova will most likely eke out the win if there’s ant chance of it. Can’t w8 to see this one.

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  5. I am happy to see Sloane doing well. I used to admire her game, but was always disappointed by her mental strength and patience. She would be hitting the ball fabulously and will win games and if somehow she loses one game or goes behind by one game then she used to send all the balls out of the court and just hit without any thinking.

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  6. What a HORRIBLE match from Pliskova. She really needs to learn how to focus her game when the serve isn’t working. And she HAS to keep herself positive when she’s down. The amount of matches that Serena and Maria win when dropping the first set…

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  7. From world class to bottom of the class, that was absolutely piss poor from Pliskova. It reminds me of the match she played against Suarez Navarro in Antwerp. Really unimpressive. Could do with a week off I reckon.

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    • She has a week off scheduled, then off to Katowice where she’s the second seed and probably best bet to win. Her clay season starts with the Prague Open at the end of April.

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