After many disappointments at slams in recent years, Karolina Pliskova will be eager to show she belongs as a Top 10 player and still a threat to be reckoned with at the biggest tournaments. The Czech has a very winnable quarter final against Viktoria Golubic, who prior to this tournament had not yet cracked the top 50 in her career.
Golubic is well worth her place in the quarter finals having beaten Veronika Kudermetova and Madison Keys on the way to the last eight. The Swiss definitely packs a punch as her staggering 28 winner, 9 unforced error performance against Keys showed. She also approached the net well, winning 79% of points on approaches.
Pliskova navigated a tricky tie against Ludmila Samsonova in fairly routine style, beating the Russian 6-2 6-3 to advance. After being broken early, she served well for most of the match with 10 aces on the scoreboard for the Czech. It was her that held her nerve rather than the in-form Samsonova, who came into Wimbledon having already won a grass title. “My serve, I think was serving quite good today. Everything worked well. I had good strategy, good tactics. I knew what to do, and I did everything what I had to do to win.”
Pliskova’s time as a Top 10 player looked to be ending sooner rather than later but this match is a perfect example of the type of match she absolutely has to win to prove she still belongs. This pair will go blow for blow but if Pliskova serves as well as she did on Monday she has a great opportunity for her opponent to be the one that cracks first. The Czech will probably prefer this style of matchup to a counterpuncher that would make things far tougher for her if she was anywhere below her best.
Prediction – Karolina Pliskova in straight sets