Karolina Pliskova will look to establish herself further as one of the favourites to win the title at Wimbledon this fortnight, taking on Monica Puig for a spot in round three. The Czech is one of the form players this summer but has often struggled to put it together at Wimbledon.
While Pliskova has made at least the semi finals at each other the other three slams, she has only made the fourth round at Wimbledon so far. In theory, her strong lefty serve and forehand should serve her well on the grass – much like her compatriot Petra Kvitova. It’s not as if she struggles on grass in general, having made the Eastbourne final three of the last four years. She outplayed Angelique Kerber this time round, winning the title for the loss of just 19 games across her five matches there.
Puig lost her two matches on the grass prior to the tournament and then struggled her way past Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the opening round here, winning 7-5 in the third. Wimbledon is however the destination of her best career performance at a slam, making it to the last 16 back in 2013.
She may have hoped for her match with Lin Zhu to a bit more straight forward than the 6-2 7-6 scoreline suggests but Pliskova is not too concerned so far. “I think it’s tough to compare [today’s match] with the week in Eastbourne,” Pliskova said. “I think it was quite normal. Of course, it went little bit longer and I almost drop a set. It’s still almost. I played two sets, that’s fine.”
Prediction – Karolina Pliskova in straight sets