Karolina Pliskova will be hoping for an upturn in her fortunes at Wimbledon, where seeks to improve her recent slam record which has been disappointing to say the least for a consistent top 8 seed over the past few years. She has failed to make the quarter-finals in eight straight slams and is in danger of another early loss against a dangerous opponent in Camila Giorgi.
Giorgi’s unpredictability is almost predictable now with her power hitting to be feared at it’s best and anything but at it’s worst. She was in the midst of a great run at Eastbourne this week but it was cut short when she withdrew in the semi finals at 4-5 down. Prior to that, she had seen off Aryna Sabalenka and Pliskova in wild three setters.
“I’m a player who needs a bit more time to get used to some things. So it’s not like I’m going to come to the surface and the next day I’m going to win the tournament. I need a couple of days. I know that. That’s why I decided to play all of these tournaments right now. And I believe that gives me the best chance to play well in London.” Pliskova said about the move to grass. If the goal was to play matches and gain confidence, it hasn’t gone too well with the aforementioned loss to Giorgi coming alongside one to Jessica Pegula in Berlin.
With question marks over Giorgi following her retirement, this may give Pliskova hope she can avenge her loss of the past week. If this was just a precautionary step for the Italian, she is in more than good enough form to defeat a player who looks a shadow of her best and has generally struggled at Wimbledon despite thriving on grass elsewhere.
Prediction – Camila Giorgi in three sets