Big serve and big ground strokes.
You would say part of the perfect make-up to be a force on the grass courts but Karolina Pliskova has made it no secret in the past she isn’t that much of a fan on grass and a lot of her big results have some on hard or surprisingly clay courts.
For someone who isn’t a big fan of the surface she does have a good record.
Since the start of 2015 her grass court record reads;
3 titles and 1 runner up
Isn’t that bad at all.
The issue for her is Wimbledon.
2015 – R2
2016 – R2
2017 – R2
2018 – R4
It is her worst major having never made it past the fourth round in London. This week in Eastbourne she showed her flawless capabilities.
She didn’t drop more than 6 games in a match all week and the 6 in one match she did drop was in her first round against Gasparyan and saw off Bertens and Kerber pretty easily.
Her tennis was so good this week. She served well and stepped in at the right time in rallies to put the ball away. I do think at times she can be a little naive at the net and her movement towards the net which we saw against Kerber but the German couldn’t string anything together to hurt her.
Why hasn’t it happened for Pliskova yet at Wimbledon?
Inconsistency is a problem.
Flawless in Rome, poor in Paris and Birmingham and flawless in Eastbourne. She has good periods but not for a pro-longed period of time it is in pockets.
Pliskova has made at least the semi-finals of all of the other majors but not in London and I do feel like we should be talking about her deep in the second week of the tournament.
I will be keeping a close eye on what she does over the course of her run at Wimbledon with her route to the quarter finals at least looking like;
R1 – Zhua
R2 – Schmiedlova/Puig
R3 – Hsieh/Ostapenko
R4 – Vondrousova/Kontaveit
QF – Martic/Svitolina
Round two onwards I call it problematic for her. A variety of game styles she could come up against in R2/3 & 4 but she dispatched Angie Kerber and Kiki Bertens in straight sets pretty easily.
I suppose we will have to keep an eye out…