At her debut tournament in Rome, Anna Blinkova managed to reach the 1/8 finals. On September 18, the Russian woman will face a difficult fight with Karolina Plishkova. We offer a forecast for the match.
Anna Blinkova proved to be great last season, getting close to getting into the top 50. However, from the very start of the 2020 season, the young Russian woman performed last year’s tennis level and there were no results. Before the start in Rome, Anna did not go beyond the second round at any of the official WTA tournaments.
Against this background, Blinkova’s successes in Rome were quite unexpected. The Russian woman played one match in qualifying, beating Vogele (7-5, 6-3). Then there was a sensational victory over Teikmann, who played excellently before the start in Rome (6-3, 6-3). In the second round match, Blinkova had a rival of Bolshova, comparable in level. The absolutely equal game ended with the victory of the Russian woman in a tie-break in the decisive game (4-6, 6-1, 6-7).
In the game against Bolshova, the Russian tennis player gave her serve five times, made 11 double mistakes. It is very likely that reaching the 1/8 finals is the limit for Anna.
In the previous forecast for the match with the participation of Karolina Pliskova, we wrote that the Czech tennis player has her own history at this tournament with last year’s title. Certain concerns were present before the opening match of Carolina against her compatriot Strykova. Still, Plishkova unsuccessfully played at the US Open (defeat in the second round from Garcia), played her first official match on clay of the season.
Karolina Plishkova herself largely removed all fears. A confident victory in two sets (6-3, 6-3) over a traditionally comfortable opponent followed. There were no serious problems with adaptation, the serve helped Carolina a lot (only one break point for the opponent).
Plishkova won the only face-to-face match in 2017 (6-0, 6-2)
In the opening match in Rome, Plishkova scored 71% of points on her serve
Blinkova’s indicator of points scored on her serve in the game with Bolshova – 56%
Karolina Plishkova in the first match demonstrated the seriousness of her intentions to defend last year’s title. To oppose the Czech tennis player, you need to act consistently and reliably on your serve. Blinkova has serious problems with this, judging by the match against Bolshova. We expect a convincing victory for the Czech tennis player.
Our prediction is that Pliskova will win with a handicap (-4.5) of the game for a coefficient of 1.70 in BC Parimatch.