World number three and top seeded Karolina Pliskova will take on the 50th-ranked Caroline Garcia in the second round of the 2020 US Open on Wednesday, September 2 with the match start time still to be decided. Get the live streaming options of this Karolina Pliskova v Caroline Garcia match along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Karolina Pliskova v Caroline Garcia Head to Head
This is an old rivalry which goes back to 2013 when they first met in the qualifiers of the Cincinnati Open.
Pliskova had won that match in three sets but Garcia responded with a three-set win of her own at the Madrid Open in 2015. Garcia made it 2-1 in her favour with a Fed Cup victory a year later before Pliskova first levelled things off and then took a 3-2 lead in 2017.
Their last meeting came at the 2018 Tianjin Open, in the final where Garcia crushed her opponent to not just lift the title but also level things off at 3-3 on head to head!
Pliskova Comes Through Without Too Much Trouble
There were times in the beginning exchanges in her first round match that Pliskova would have felt some nerves against Anhelina Kalinina. After all, Pliskova hasn’t had the kind of season she would have liked and having played just one WTA match since the return of tennis, any fighting showing from her opponent could have had the potential to upset her routine.
Which is why when Pliskova went a break down in the very first game, the butterflies would probably have begun fluttering. She did level things off in the very next game and then went on a 4-1 lead of her own but things might not have improved when the unheralded Kalinina fought back strongly to rattle off the next three games and level the match at four apiece.
From then on, however, Pliskova took full control of the encounter, not allowing her opponent to get anywhere close to her. She won eight games on the bounce to complete the win 6-4, 6-0.
Pliskova had entered the US Open short on confidence after falling in straight sets in the first match she played at the Cincinnati Open. While she was expected to win this one, the manner in which she rattled off those last eight games would give her immense confidence going into round two.
Garcia Put up a Clinical Show
If Pliskova’s performance would have given her the confidence for the rest of the tournament, Garcia would be no less pleased with hers either. Much like Pliskova in her first round, Garcia also dropped her first service game but levelled things off in the very next game against Jasmine Paolini, her opening opponent.
Two Paolini service games later, Garcia had broken her again before she completed an easy 6-3 win in the first set. While Garcia broke and got broken early in the second set, it was in a long fifth game where the momentum shifted. In a game which saw seven deuces, Garcia broke Paolini again and took the next three games off a deflated opposition to ease into the second round.
Garcia needed a win like that after a season to forget so far. There was a quarterfinal appearance at the Lyon Open earlier, but other than that she had won just three first round matches this season – all of which in a fighting but scratchy manner.
She now faces a huge challenge but one she knows isn’t insurmountable given her record against Pliskova.
Karolina Pliskova v Caroline Garcia Prediction & Tip
This might be closer than what the rankings tell us – typically the world number three should run all over the 50th-ranked player but this might even go to three sets. Pliskova to prevail in the end.
Tip: Pliskova to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)