Pliskova leads their head to heads 3-2. They have played twice this year in April on clay and won 1 match each. Plisk won their only outdoor hard match in 2015 in 3 sets.
Pliskova reached the final of the US Open so should be feeling good about her game. She seemed to finally believe in herself against the top players in New York. If she is interested I favour her to win this.
Safarova has already won a match this week which will help her fragile confidence. She beat Lepchenko in straight sets and whilst she was only broken once it was a messy match.
I don’t think either player will like the heat. Back Pliskova above 1.85