World No. 8 Karolina Pliskova will begin her Australian Open campaign against her compatriot Karolina Muchova in the first round.
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Pliskova’s Brilliant Start to the Season
Pliskova is heading into this match after winning her first title of the season – the WTA Premier event in Brisbane. She had a superb run there and made it all the way to the final. She ultimately met Lesia Tsurenko whom she defeated in three sets.
The Czech was also scheduled to play in Sydney but she pulled out of the competition to prepare for the Australian Open.
Considering her performance in 2018, she was a permanent member of the top 10 with occasional ups and downs. She reached the quarterfinal at the Melbourne Park last season, along with the Indian Wells and Miami Masters. She also won the Premier tournaments in Stuttgart and Tokyo.
Pliskova also qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore, where she lost in the semifinal to Sloane Stephens.
Muchova’s Entry in the top 200
Karolina Muchova started her previous season outside of top 200 and finished it as the World No. 145. Shortly into the present season, she became the World No. 138. Step by step, Muchova is making her way into the top 100.
She spent most of her last season competing on the ITF circuit. The 22-year-old did have a couple of exceptions to this, most notably the US Open. Muchova started her run at the Flushing Meadows as a qualifier and moved on to reach the third round where she lost to Ashleigh Barty in straight sets.
Pliskova v Muchova – Who Will Win?
This fixture is going to be the first time that the duo will face each other on the tour. Pliskova, given her recent form, shouldn’t face any difficulties in winning this one comfortably.
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