WTA Australian Open, Fourth round: Strycova v Pliskova, 10am

Strycova 3.60, Pliskova 1.36

Pliskova leads their previous meetings 2-1. They last met in Miami in March last year. Pliskova won in straight sets on a hard court. Strycova’s win was on grass in Birmingham in 2016. She won in straight sets.

Both women have held serve 89% of the time this week. Stats for the week favour Strycova.

Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova

Pliskova had better hard court stats in 2017. She won 75% of hard court matches compared to 60% for Strycova. Neither has lost a set this week. Pliskova has faced stronger opponents in Safarova and Haddad Maia.

I favour Pliskova to win but think we see 3 sets. Initial value is on Strycova to take a set.

Back Pliskova if she gets broken or loses set 1

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