Karolina Pliskova (@1.25) vs Polona Hercog (@4.2)

Our Prediction:

Karolina Pliskova will win

Karolina Pliskova – Polona Hercog Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 07:00

While she might be marginally fresher for the match today, she will also have less of a clear indication of where her game is in Zhengzhou. Riske and Zheng have played six times with Riske winning four of those encoutners. Zheng, however, won their most recent match in straight sets last year in Hiroshima. Saisai Zhengs first round was smoother. Riskes win against Kerber is a sign that she is already comforatble in China and ready for a deep run. Alison Riske pulled of a major upset defeating Angelique Kerber in three sets, saving a match point along the way.

She has had excellent performances interspersed with mystifying losses to lower ranked players. Pliskovas form has been iffy in 2019. Hercog, both lower ranked and in poorer form, registered a commanding win over Meiling Wang, but lacks the firepower to take on a player like Pliskova. Karolina Pliskova and Polona Hercog have played five times. Currently ranked number two in the world trailing Ashleigh Barty by only 376 points, Pliskova started 2019 auspiciously by defeating Serena Williams at the Australian Open. Pliskova has only lost once.

Damian:Restarting a match on the next day from 4-4 in the decider is not an easy task, but Belinda Bencic managed to come out of the blocks in great shape and finish off Laura Siegemund in just two games.

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Both women are excellent ball-strikers so expect a high-quality encounter. Jim:Its never easy to have a match delayed overnight, so Bencic will surely be thrilled to have won so quickly on the restart. That should give her more time to prepare for what looks like a tricky clash with Vekic for a place in the fourth round.

Jim:After Kiki Bertens misfortune in being forced to withdraw and Naomi Osakas shaky start, Pliskovas title chances seem to be improving by the day. Backed by her big serve and an underrated return, she certainly looks set to do some real damage in the draw.

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Predicting the matches for you today are myself (Yesh Ginsburg), Jim Smith and Tracey Essex alongside a guest appearance from Damian Kust. On Day 6, the Round of 32 begins. We have reached the third round at the French Open. Every match. The other set, containing the other four matches, features Garbine Muguruza vs Elina Svitolina. That means that we at LWOT will predict every single match from this point forward. This set of predictions contains four matches, including one between Petra Martic and Karolina Pliskova. Thats right.

It has been a good few weeks for Pliskova as she had a strong US Open and followed that by winning the WTA Pan Pacific Open. On the other side of the coin, Karolina Pliskova enters this match as world number. Karolina Pliskova has an exceptional record at the Hong Kong Open as she won the event in 2014. Karolina Pliskova won her first round match comfortably as she broke her opponents serve on 6 occasions. With Karolina Pliskovas great form and exceptional record in Hong Kong, she will be very hard to stop.

Carla Suarez Navarro will do her best to grind her down, forcing Vondrousova to play more balls than shed like. Neither Wang nor Potapova were easy opponents. Yet, Vondrousova dropped just 11 games between those two matches. Tracey:Its been no easy feat for the teenage Czech to get to the Round of 32. Shes obviously here to play.