Marketa Vondrousova and Karolina Pliskova will face off against each other on Sunday in an all-Czech semifinal at the Italian Open 2020. Karolina Pliskova, 2nd seed and the defending champion at Rome is just 2 wins away from reclaiming her crown at the Italian Open 2020. Marketa Vondrousova has been in exceptional form this week and is a surprise semifinalist among the other usual big names.
Marketa Vondrousova vs Karolina Pliskova: Preview
Karolina Pliskova after her disappointing exit from the US Open Round 2 has made amends at the Italian Open this week by playing some good tennis and making it to the semifinals. She received a bye in the 1st round, defeated fellow Czech Barbara Strycova in the 2nd round, Anna Blinkova in another straight-sets victory in the 3rd round before playing a tough 3 set match against the 11th seeded Belgian Elise Mertens in the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, Pliskova started off well winning the first set before losing the 2nd set in which she looked a bit off.
However, she showed her class in the 3rd set in which she breezed past Mertens 6-0 and took the match in 3 sets and booked a place in the semifinals.
Marketa Vondrousova has had a long week in Rome but however, that has not stopped her from playing great tennis all week. She started off defeating Misaka Doi in 3 sets in the 1st round, Arantxa Rus in straight sets in the 2nd round before winning her 3rd round match against Polona Hercog which went all the way to the 3rd set tiebreaker. In her quarterfinal match against Elina Svitolina, 4th seeded Ukrainian she was on top of her game decimating Svitolina in two easy sets.
Marketa Vondrousova vs Karolina Pliskova: Head to Head
Marketa Vondrousova and Pliskova have faced each other only once before on the tour. Their only meeting came at the 2019 Miami Masters quarterfinals where Karolina Pliskova got the better of Vondrousova in two easy sets winning 6-3, 6-4.
Marketa Vondrousova vs Karolina Pliskova: Match Prediction
Karolina Pliskova and Vondrousova both have been on a good run this tournament making it to the semifinals. Marketa Vondrousova would be very happy with her effort so far defeating some good players including the 4th seeded Elina Svitolina on her way to the semifinals. However, the 2nd seed and defending champion, Karolina Pliskova is expected to defeat her fellow Czech opponent Vondrousova and book her place in the finals of the Italian Open 2020 where her opponent will be the winner of the semifinal between Garbrine Mugurua and Simona Halep.
Match Prediction– Karolina Pliskova to defeat Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets.