S. Williams vs Pliskova
Second QF on WTA US Open. Serena Williams against Karolina Pliskova.
Honestly I have much bigger trust in this bet than in my bet for the first SF (that turned out to be easy winner BTW). There I was betting on Sevastova and against the defending champion, Stephens. Here I think Serena will take care of business. I was just simply waiting to see outcome in the first SF cause from some reason I always feel much more comfortable in betting on the big favorite when I see that underdog in the previous match was successful.
I would take Serena in any case, but now as I said, I am really comfortable about this bet.
Karolina Pliskova is also top player, current World No. 8, in not so long past even No.1. Against Serena Williams she didn't play too often. Just twice and she won once. It was exactly here on US Open, 2016 semifinals. Unfortunately for her, she failed later in the finals and thus remained without Grand Slam title.
Hardly Pliskova can count on that title now cause IMO no way she can pass through Serena Williams.
As mentioned, Pliskova is quite good player, what more I would say excellent. Very nice serv and forehand, she really can play good tennis on hard. But, I also think this is not the level she had in the mentioned 2016 US Open campaign. IMO her season 2018 is quite modest. Just look on her results. On the hard she went 20-9 overall in 2018 and was losing practically from every girl that meant something in 2018.
Let's start from early in the season, loss from Svitolina 2-0 in Brisbane, then 2-0 loss from Halep on Australian Open, in Dubai Kerber defeated her 2-0, in Indian Wells it was another 2-0 loss from someone who was important factor on wta tour in 2018 (Osaka), in Miami even Azarenka won 2-0 against Pliskova and we know how much Azarenka struggles to find best form. Then after clay and grass court passed, Pliskova continued with losses from big opponents on hard. Bertens 2-0 in Montreal, Sabalenka defeated her in Cincinnati (the only loss where Pliskova took one set), in New Haven Makarova was better 2-0.
And now US Open arrived and I think we will see the same story. After few wins against not so tough opponents, Pliskova will be eliminated from someone who was/is factor in 2018. This time it's Serena Williams. With only one small difference. Namely it's fair to mention that here Pliskova had one win against some a little bit better player. It was previous round win vs Barty. But that was her greatest achievement on hard court in 2018. Barty was her biggest scalp for entire year when hard court is in question. IMO that's not enough. So I can freely say this is poor season for Pliskova.
On the other side, I won't talk much about Serena. Everything is well known about her. By many, the best ever player. I will just say that I expect Serena Williams to be on high level for entire match. Cause, she remembers very well the above mentioned loss from Pliskova here on US Open two years ago. In previous round Serena lost its first set in four matches. But it was vs Kanepi. And it would more likely to happen against some such opponent than from some more dangerous. You just take a look how she has played against her sister Venus. I didn't expect back then so convincing win but obviously Serena is not fooling around when opponent is some big name. We can call Pliskova enough serious so Serena Williams IMO will give her best.
My call 2-0 in sets.
S. Williams vs Pliskova prediction
|Williams -1.5 sets||Pinnacle||1.99||10||2-0 WON (+9.9 units)|