Karolina Pliskova, third seed at the Abu Dhabi Open 2021 will face the Russian, Anastasia Gasanova in the second round clash. Pliskova is ranked sixth in the WTA rankings, whereas Gasanova is ranked just inside the top 300 at the 292th place. Both players secured convincing first round victories, winning in straight sets and progressing into the second round.
- Date: 9th January, 2021
- Tournament: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021
- Fixture: Karolina Pliskova vs Anastasia Gasanova
- Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Category: WTA 500
- Round: Round of 32 (Second round)
- Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt
- Prize money: $565,530
Karolina Pliskova vs Anastasia Gasanova: Match Preview
Karolina Pliskova started off her 2021 campaign in style as she defeated the Greek, Despina Papamichail in straight sets in Round one. Pliskova won the first set comfortably but was tested in the second set as she had to toil hard to win the tie-breaker. The Czech had a poor end to her 2020 season as she was knocked out in the second round of the French Open and the first round of the Ostrava Open. She will be looking forward to putting up a good performance this week at the Abu Dhabi Open.
Anastasia Gasanova is one of the surprise entrants into the second round. Ranked 294th in the world, the Russian won two qualifying matches to make it to the main draw of the event. In the first round of the main draw, she defeated the German, Mona Barthel in straight sets, dropping just six games to continue her amazing run.
Karolina Pliskova vs Anastasia Gasanova: Head-to-Head
The duo have never met before in the past and as a result, their current head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Karolina Pliskova vs Anastasia Gasanova: Match Prediction
Karolina Pliskova enters the match as the certain favorite to progress into the third round. Any result apart from a straight sets victory for the world number six will be a huge surprise, given that her opponent is ranked almost 288 places below her. However, Gasanova has been on a good run during this week, winning three consecutive matches to reach the third round, which will give her a lot of confidence.
Match Prediction: Karolina Pliskova to defeat Anastasia Gasanova in straight sets.