Sometimes the head to head between two players can give you a slight indication on how a match might pan out. However despite the last meeting between Karolina Pliskova and Johanna Konta being under a year ago a lot has changed since then.
When they met in Birmingham in June Konta was ranked at 139 in the world and is now on the verge of breaking into the top 20 in the world and before Indian Wells for Pliskova her season hadn’t really got going coming into the tournament with a win/loss record of 6-4.
Pliskova was in cruise control as she thrashed Ana Ivanovic in just 49 minutes 6-2 6-0 in what was a very impressive victory but in all honesty she didn’t have to produce her very best tennis to defeat the former Indian Wells champion who hit 28 unforced errors in 14 games and at this level that just isn’t good enough!
Likewise for Konta. I didn’t think she had really got out of second gear against Allertova to be honest didn’t need to. She played well throughout the match at a consistent level but played a few sloppy games in the match but was much more in control during the second set against Allertova who she defeated at the Australian Open earlier this year.
This is their first meeting on a hard court and it will be interesting to see who dictates rallies early on. Pliskova as we know likes to go big from the baseline and as she did against Ana Ivanovic will look to attack the second serve of Konta whose serve has improved a lot especially the one down the T which will be crucial as you don’t want Pliskova having a free swing off the serve with the double hander.
Having time to hit the ground strokes will be essential for both players who will be looking to paint the lines with their shots. Johanna didn’t have too much joy with winners up the line against Allertova but instead kept herself in the rallies and forced the errors with some good defensive work which she may have to rely on against a very powerful opponent.