The 2019 WTA Baltic Open Jurmala will continue to woo the fans on Tuesday when the number two seed Caroline Garcia will lock horns with Kristyna Pliskova. The match will take place on July 23 at 2:00 pm local time (12:00 pm BST). Get Caroline Garcia v Kristyna Pliskova live streaming options with the preview here.
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Caroline Garcia v Kristyna Pliskova Head to Head
Garcia holds a 2-0 lead over Pliskova although, her last win over the left-handed Czech came back in the 2017 WTA Strasbourg.
Garcia Looking for Some Traction
Caroline Garcia, who earlier won the WTA Nottingham, presently finds herself going through bit of a rough patch on the tour. Being the French No. 1, the expectations are certainly high of her but she hasn’t been able to deliver that much.
She lost her opening game in Wimbledon to Shuai Zhang while in Lausanne last week, she was knocked out by Bernarda Pera in the second round. Keeping these unexpected losses in mind, her match against Pliskova won’t be an easy one.
Garcia is undoubtedly a prominent player, having won the Wuhan Open and China Open back to back in 2017. She has been a part of the top five as well and has certainly got what it takes to reach that height again. Currently ranked as World No. 22, the Frenchwoman has had her moments this season, including the winning run in Nottingham and the runner-up feat in Strasbourg.
Pliskova Looking to Make Some Waves
Kristyna Pliskova has proven that she has what it takes to deliver good wins. For instance, in Birmingham this season, she started as a qualifier and reached the quarterfinal after upsetting her sister Karolina in the second round.
Similarly, she also reached the semifinal in Lugano and the quarterfinal in Bucharest, the latter result coming in the last week. However, in terms of accomplishments and trophies, she falls way behind Garcia.
If she manages to get past Garcia in the opener, she may very well find herself playing in an easy bracket. And given her tendencies to succumb to defeats and inconsistencies, that is a real possibility here.
Garcia v Pliskova Prediction and Tips
At least on paper, Caroline Garcia will start as the favourite to win. However, Pliskova has the ability to make things problematic for her opponents, irrespective of the results. Given Garcia’s recent form and a newly-found zest in Kristyna, we can expect this match to go to three sets.
Tip: Three sets in the match. (888Sport)