Czech No. 1 Karolina Pliskova will face her Romanian counterpart Mihaela Buzarnescu in the first round of the 2019 Nature Valley Classic Open in Birmingham. The match will take place on Monday, June 17, and will begin after 3:00 pm local time. Get Karolina Pliskova v Mihaela Buzarnescu live streaming options with the preview here.
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Karolina Pliskova v Mihaela Buzarnescu Head to Head
Pliskova presently holds a 3-0 lead over Buzarnescu, defeating her as recently as the Fed Cup earlier this year.
Pliskova Coming in Fresh
The month of May was a tiring one for Pliskova, with back to back tournaments in Madrid, Rome, and the French Open. Having well-rested now, she is coming to into this fixture looking to make some serious gains.
The Czech won the Italian Open in great style, defeating Johanna Konta in the final. That win catapulted her in the top five, where is World No. 3. A similar run in Birmingham can very well put her in the striking distance of the No. 1 spot.
In Paris, she was handed a shocking defeat by Petra Martic, making it a rarity where Pliskova fell to an underdog. On the whole, the Czech has been in a stunning form this season with a semifinal appearance in Melbourne and reaching the final in the Miami Open.
Grass is a surface where Pliskova is yet to find her footing. She last reached a final on the courts back in the 2017 WTA Eastbourne.
Buzarnescu’s Struggles with her Form
With a win-loss record of 7-17, the year hasn’t been kind of the veteran Romanian. Her best run in the recent weeks came in the Italian Open where she reached the third round.
In fact, it took a while for Buzarnescu to open her win tally this season. She lost her opening games in five consecutive WTA events before landing her first win in the WTA Acapulco. Even then, she made it as far as the second round.
Nonetheless, the Romanian is a player of great calibre and made it to three finals on the tour last season. In one of them, she went the distance by winning the Bank of the West Classic Open in San Jose. A good win is all she needs to get out of this funk but that may be a big ask against someone like Pliskova.
Pliskova v Buzarnescu Prediction & Tips
Pliskova should win this one comfortably, no surprises here.
Tip: Under 19.5 games in the match. (888Sport)