Four titles this year in Zhengzhou, Eastbourne, Rome and Brisbane shows it has been a ‘good year’ for the Czech number one. Throw in a runner-up in Miami and there have been positives.
Recently her season has fizzled out in all honesty. Getting to Shenzhen was a formality based on points she accrued earlier on in the season.
Following her lack lustre and flat performance against Elina Svitolina in a match I described as ‘must win’ for both it is now a win or season is over match against Bianca Andreescu.
If the Canadian is firing off all cylinders then it will be a very difficult challenge for the former US Open finalist.
It has now been over three years since Pliskova made her first Grand Slam final and in all honesty I expected more from her since then.
Against Svitolina she ran out of ideas completely and that was a worry for the former world number one.
Bianca Andreescu is probably one of the last people you want to face when you need a win. A quick start for the tours top server will be essential as otherwise she could quickly turn into a spectator.
One thing that does worry me is Pliskova’s second serve especially out-wide. We saw her go to it time and time again and Svitolina sent it back with interest.
Pliskova has a strong game, you don’t get to world number one without it. She can use her forehand from anyway on the court, has good touch at the net and her backhand is really solid.
The problem was she ran out of ideas. It got to a stage where it felt like she was waiting for something to happen instead of looking to create something. Svitolina was soo stubborn on the baseline but Pliskova couldn’t get to grips with the way she attacked from behind the baseline and it became loose.
This match-up will be big between the two as loser will most likely go home.
Who is this more important for? Pliskova.
If her season ends right after this match and in a lacklustre manor I wouldn’t say it’s been a good year.