Karolína Pliskova will take on Jessica Pegula in the Quarter Finals of the Qatar Open 2021. Karolína Pliskova is currently the World no.6 on the WTA rankings and Jessica Pegula is the World no.44.
- Tournament: Qatar Open 2021
- Match: Karolína Pliskova vs Jessica Pegula
- Date: 4th March 2021
- Round: Quarter Final
- Venue: Doha, Qatar
- Surface: Hard Court
- Prize Money: 565,530 (USD)
Karolína Pliskova vs Jessica Pegula : Preview
Pliskova the second seed played Arab women Ons Jabeur in her first match of the tournament. Pliskova took the lead early in that match, and was up 6-4 after the first set. Jabeur made a comeback in the second set and won it 6-4. In the third set Pliskova prevailed, winning the match 6-4 4-6 7-5.
This match will give Pliskova some invaluable match practice ahead of her Quarter Final meeting with qualifier Jessica Pegula. Pegula won three qualifiers to book her place in the main draw. Once in the main draw, she faced and beat Wang Qiang of China 6-3 6-1. In the second round, she beat former French Open champion Jeļena Ostapenko 6-2 7-5.
Karolína Pliskova vs Jessica Pegula : Head-to-Head
Both these players have never met on the tour before, so the head to head stands at 0-0.
Karolína Pliskova vs Jessica Pegula : Prediction
Pliskova’s biggest weapon is her serve. it’s fast, and accurate. Apart from that, her flat returns on both flanks makes the opponent’s run a lot. Whenever she serves wide and comes towards the net, serve and volley, she invariably wins those points. Pegula is quick and likes to hang back on the baseline, attacking short returns with full gusto.
Against players like Pegula one must mix and match the tempo, hard strokes mixed with slice , drop shots. If Pliskova serves well and plays more of her serve and volley game, she should win this.
Pegula on the other hand stands a chance if she makes Pliskova run a lot, side to side, testing her movement and footwork. But, Pliskova should win this match.
Match Prediction: Karolina Pliskova to win in three sets.