Fourth seed Karolina Pliskova will face No. 17 seed Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinal of the 2021 US Open on Wednesday, September 8. Get the live streaming options of this Karolina Pliskova v Maria Sakkari match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karolina Pliskova v Maria Sakkari Head to Head
It’s 1-1 from their previous two meetings. Sakkari won in Rome in 2018, while Pliskova got her revenge in the same event the next year.
Pliskova Advances to a Fourth Quarterfinal in N.Y.
The 2016 U.S. Open runner-up is back in the quarterfinals of the tournament for the fourth time in her career. The fourth seed needed an hour and 35 minutes to win her fourth round match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Monday.
Chasing her first Grand Slam title, the Wimbledon runner-up saved seven of nine break points while converting four of seven to beat the French Open finalist and 14th seed, 7-5, 6-4.
Pliskova, who served 52 aces in the first three rounds, had just six against the Russian, while striking 24 winners and 24 unforced errors compared to Pavlyuchenkova’s 19 winners and 34 unforced errors.
The former No. 1 has been in brilliant form recently, reaching the final of the Canadian Open and the semifinals in Cincinnati. She began her U.S. Open challenge with a straight sets win over Catherine McNally, however, needed two hours and 20 minutes to battle past Amanda Anisimova in the Round of 64, winning the third set tiebreak 9-7.
There were no such issues in the third round, as Pliskova hustled past Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets.
Since losing the U.S. Open final to Angelique Kerber in 2016, the Czech reached two quarterfinals in 2017 and 2018, but didn’t make the final four in either of those years.
Sakkari Outlasts Andreescu
After three hours and 30 minutes, 17th seed Maria Sakkari outlasted 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the fourth round on Tuesday morning. The match, which started Monday night, ended past 2 am on Tuesday morning.
Andreescu, who had never lost at the U.S. Open before, having won the title in 2019 on debut and withdrawn from it last year, took the first set in the tiebreak. But the Greek came back strongly, converting a fourth set point in the second set tiebreak to win 8-6 and force the decider.
The Canadian had take a 0-2 lead in the third but the Greek came back again to win the next two games. Sakkari pulled ahead with another break of serve at 3-3 making it extremely difficult for Andreescu to recover. Struggling with a leg injury, Andreescu played the rest of the match through pain and although her movement was hampered, she fended off three match points on her serve at 3-5, but couldn’t save the fourth one, going down 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.
It was a second meeting between the two aggressive, all-court players and both the matches went down the wire. However, it was Andreescu who had won the dramatic three-setter in Miami, earlier this year.
A semifinalist at the French Open this year, Sakkari will be making her maiden quarterfinal appearance at the U.S. Open. She had breezed past her previous three opponents, defeating Marta Kostyuk 6-4, 6-3 in the first round, Katerina Siniakova 6-4, 6-2 in the second and the 10th seed Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-3 in the third.
Pliskova v Sakkari Prediction and Tip
The tournament has seen plenty of close matches and this one could follow a similar pattern. Pliskova’s experience and recent form gives her a slight edge. Expect the Czech to win in three.
Tip: Pliskova to win in three sets: 3/1 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)
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