Karolina Pliskova will take on Jelena Ostapenko in the Quarter-finals of the Italian Open 2021. Pliskova is currently the World No.9 on the WTA rankings and Ostapenko is the World No.49.
- Tournament: Italian Open 2021
- Match: Karolina Pliskova vs Jelena Ostapenko
- Round: Quarter-finals
- Date: 14th May, 2021
- Prize Money: €33,468
- Venue: Rome, Italy
- Surface: Clay Court
Karolina Pliskova vs Jelena Ostapenko: Italian Open 2021 Match Preview
A change of surface has brought some much needed relief to Pliskova. Her first stop on clay this year was the Stuttgart Open, and she reached the Quarter-finals of the event where she lost to the eventual champion Ash Barty. In Madrid she did beat Coco Gauff before succumbing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
At Rome thus far she has been effective. After a bye in the first round, she beat her second round opponent Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets, 6-2 6-3. In the third round she overcame the veteran Russian Vera Zvonareva 7-5 6-3. Her quarter-final opponent is Jelena Ostapenko.
Ostapenko has reached her first Quarter-finals of the year, tells you exactly what you need to know about the young Latvian’s form. In the tournament so far, she has beaten Johanna Konta in the first round, 6-3 6-1. In the second she overcame Ajla Tomljanović 6-2 7-6. The third round saw her get the better of veteran German Angelique Kerber 4-6 6-3 6-4.
Karolina Pliskova vs Jelena Ostapenko: Head-to-Head
These two players have met seven times on the tour thus far, and Pliskova leads the head to head 4-3. Their last meeting was on the clay courts of Stuttgart in 2021, an encounter that Pliskova won in three sets 6-7 6-4 6-3.
Karolina Pliskova vs Jelena Ostapenko: Italian Open 2021 Prediction
Pliskova is the winner here in Rome back from 2019 and the runners up in 2018, and that makes a difference to her mentality. She has been playing freely and unlike Stuttgart where most of her matches went to three sets, here she has been clinical.
Her biggest weapon though remains her serve, and if she serves well against Ostapenko, she should go through. Ostapenko is a powerful player and loves to hit winners, but under pressure her serve tends to fall away. Expect Pliskova to see this through.
Match Prediction: Karolina Pliskova will beat Jelena Ostapenko in three sets.