Karolina Pliskova will take on Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the Second round of the Madrid Open 2021. Pliskova is currently the World no.9 on the WTA rankings and Pavlyuchenkova is the World no.41.
- Tournament: WTA Madrid Open 2021
- Match: Karolina Pliskova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
- Round: Second-round
- Date: 2nd May, 2021
- Prize Money: €20,000
- Venue: Madrid, Spain
- Surface: Clay Court
Karolina Pliskova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Match Preview
Pliskova has not had a good year by any stretch of the imagination. Apart from a couple of exceptions, she has been ousted in the first or second round in most competitions. The good thing for Pliskova is that she found some sort of form in her first tournament on clay court, the Stuttgart Open. At Stuttgart, she reached the Quarter-finals, at that stage though she was beaten by Ash Barty. She has carried that little ensemble of form into the tournament which was evident in her match against Coco Gauff. She beat Gauff in three sets, 5-7 6-3 6-2. Her second round opponent is twenty-nine year old Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Pavlyuchenkova has had a terrible start to the season, but a first round win over Madison Keys will do her confidence a world of good. Losing eight of her thirteen matches this year looked to have pushed her back, but coming up against a struggling Keys, Pavlyuchenkova got her basics right and found a way to beat the world number 23. In a match lasting an hour and 29 minutes, Pavlyuchenkova won in straight sets 7-5 6-2.
Karolina Pliskova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Head-to-Head
There have been seven matches played between these two players including one in Fed Cup and Pliskova leads the head to head 6-1. No matches were held on clay. The last match between these two players was at the Australian Open 2020, and it was won by Pavlyuchenkova 7-6 7-6.
Karolina Pliskova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Prediction
Pliskova has found her confidence back little by little. She is looking much more fluent now, and will be hoping to beat her opponent. Pavlyuchenkova won her last title on clay in Internationaux de Strasbourg, a WTA 250Open, back in 2018.
Match Prediction: Karolina Pliskova will beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets.