WTA Miami Open 2021: Karolina Pliskova vs Saisai Zheng-Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova will come up against Saisai Zheng in the second round of the Miami Open 2021.

Karolina Pliskova and Saisai Zheng
Karolina Pliskova and Saisai Zheng

Karolina Pliskova will take on Saisai Zheng in the Second round of the Miami Open 2021. Pliskova is currently the World no.6 on the WTA rankings and Zheng is the World no.53. 

Match Details

  • Tournament: WTA Miami Open 2021
  • Match: Karolina Pliskova vs Saisai Zheng 
  • Round: Second Round 
  • Date: 26th March, 2021
  • Prize Money: $16,000
  • Venue: Miami, Florida 
  • Surface: Outdoor Hard Court

Karolina Pliskova vs Saisai Zheng : Preview

Karolina Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova

Pliskova has been going through an awful run of form of late. She has barely made it past the first or second rounds in most tournaments. It’s only due to the frozen rankings that she is still the World no.6 and gets seeded at every event. Her best performance post lockdown still remains the Final appearance at the Italian Open.

The last tournament that she participated in was the Dubai Open, where she was ousted in the round of 16 by Jessica Pegula, 0-6 2-6. Pliskova got a bye in the first round, in the second round she will meet the Chinese tennis player Saisai Zheng. Zheng had reached the Quarterfinals of the just concluded Monterrey Open.

At that stage she tasted defeat at the hands of Ann Li of the USA. Zheng came up against Fiona Ferro in the first round of the Miami Open, a match she won in three sets, 2-6 6-4 6-3. 

Watch: Saisai Zheng vs Fiona Ferro | Miami Open 2021

Karolina Pliskova vs Saisai Zheng: Head-to-Head

Saisai Zheng
Saisai Zheng

These two players have met twice on the tour before, and Pliskova has won both those encounters. So the head to head is led by Pliskova 2-0. The last time these two players met was back at the French Open in 2017, where Pliskova triumphed 7-6 6-2. 

Karolina Pliskova vs Saisai Zheng : Prediction

Karolina Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova

Pliskova is low on confidence and in terrible form. Her serve specially, which has been her biggest weapon in the past, has let her down recently. Either she has made too many double faults or failed to win points off her second serve. Zheng though is not in great form herself, and will find it hard to overpower Pliskova. 

Match Prediction: Karolina Pliskova will beat Saisai Zheng in three sets.  

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