Ninth seed Karolina Pliskova targets a second title in Rome as she prepares to face Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Italian Open on Friday, May 14. Get the live streaming options of this Karolina Pliskova v Jelena Ostapenko match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karolina Pliskova v Jelena Ostapenko Head to Head
Pliskova leads the head-to-head 4-3, winning their most recent match in Stuttgart last month.
Pliskova Ends Zvonareva’s Run
The Italian Open is one of the happy hunting events for Karolina Pliskova. She is a former champion and last year’s finalist.
So far, the Czech big server is on course to return to another final if she continues to hold her end of the bargain and given how a number of top seeds have fallen like flies this week.
After a fairly straightforward win over Anastasija Sevastova, the ninth seed endured a difficult afternoon in dispatching Vera Zvonareva. The Russian qualifier had mastered an upset win over Petra Kvitova in the previous round but was unable to maintain her consistency over a long stretch against the powerful Pliskova.
Pliskova won 78% of first-serve points, but in stark contrast, her second serve will need a massive upgrade. She won 5 out of 23 points behind her second delivery which explains why Zvonareva broke serve at will (9 out 16 times).
However, the World No. 9 made it up with her aggressive takes off the return. She won 39 points out of 77 and converted six out of 10 breakpoints.
Ostapenko Edges Kerber in Thriller
When Jelena Ostapenko is able to find her range, she is a very difficult woman to stop. The Latvian fired an astonishing 51 winners to edge out Angelique Kerber 4-6 6-3 6-4.
Ostapenko has been synonymous with being a risk-tolerant player on the women’s tour and her unforced error count also hit high figures (65 in total). But she was swinging freely off the backhand, which disrupted Kerber’s rhythm for most of the afternoon.
This is the first time that the woman from Riga has managed to win three consecutive matches since winning the title in Luxembourg in 2019. However, she has never advanced past the quarterfinal in Rome in the previous five visits. Can she avenge her most recent defeat in Stuttgart when she meets Karolina Pliskova on Friday?
Pliskova v Ostapenko Prediction and Tip
Ostapenko lost out to Pliskova in Stuttgart under the roof. She will certainly be hoping for a change in fortunes under the hot and windy conditions at Foro Italico. Pliskova should dominate the serve, but Ostapenko could have the upper hand in baseline exchanges.