World number one Iga Swiatek faces the 18th-ranked Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinal of the 2023 WTA Dubai Open on Thursday, February 23. Get the live streaming options of this Iga Swiatek v Karolina Pliskova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Iga Swiatek v Karolina Pliskova Head to Head
There has been just one previous meeting between these two players and that came on the clay court surface of Rome in 2021. It was the final of the event and Swiatek had double-bagelled Pliskova in that one.
Swiatek Continues Her Rampaging Run
In winning her third round match, Swiatek made it five victories in a row since losing at the Australian Open but what is more stunning to see is she has dropped a mere eight games in these five matches. That’s eight games lost spread across 10 sets.
And Swiatek’s latest victim was Liudmilla Samsonova who was blown apart by the world number one’s game in just an hour and 17 minutes. Swiatek won 6-0, 6-1 in a match in which she faced no break-points.
We had spoken about how lethal Swiatek had been in her second round win too without really serving to perfection; this time around she got 72% of her first serves in and won 74% of her first serve points. A better mark than the previous round but she could up the ante a tad more there.
What stood out was the manner in which pounced on Samsonova’s second serve. Samsonova won just three of the 22 points off her second serve.
Nobody is safe from Swiatek if she continues this kind of form, especially not a player whose last memory of the world number one is a double-bagel.
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Pliskova Edges Past Kalinina
Pliskova had already sent Marketa Vondrousova and Maria Sakkari out of the competition in the first two rounds and did so with utmost ease. This time around, in her third round encounter, the former world number one did not have it as straightforward as earlier but she still won it in three.
The Czech overcame Anhelina Kalinina 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-2 in a match lasting two hours and 48 minutes to enter the last eight.
Upping her serving ante, Pliskova sent down 12 aces and was broken just once in the entire encounter. In turn she got the better of her opponent’s serve four times – from four break-points she earner – including twice in the final set.
Pliskova did miss a couple of match-points in the second set but made up for the frustration with an easy deciding set win.
Now comes Pliskova’s greatest challenge in recent times. For starters she will hope to win her first ever game against Swiatek though.
Swiatek v Pliskova Prediction and Tip
There is only one way this match is headed and that’s in favour of Swiatek and in straight sets. We might see a bagel or a 6-1 kind of scoreline in at least one of the sets too.
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