The first match of the Mov Group from the Champions Tournament, played this year in Shenzen, China, will take place on Monday, starting at 12:30, between Czech Karolina Pliskova and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.
◽️The Czech player is a constant presence in the top 10 WTA, currently occupying second place in the standings, being close to the first position in the standings.
◽️He managed to win 3 tournaments this year, on the slag in Rome, on the grass in Eastbourne, respectively on the hard drive in Zhengzhou in September.
◽️The last official match played by players in the Czech Republic was a month ago, which can be a disadvantage at the beginning of such a tournament.
◽️Currently in the 8th place in the WTA standings, Elina Svitolina has achieved the qualification at the Champions Tournament on the 7th place.
◽️This season he was noted in the hard season, reaching the quarterfinals in Toronto, respectively in the semifinals of the Wimbledon tournament, while at Roland Garros he was defeated in the third round.
◽️This year’s US Open is the best Grand Slam tournament for Elina, managing to win all previous matches in minimum sets, and the last notable result was the quarter-finals in Beijing.
▪️The two players have met up to 9 times so far, the score being 5-4 in favor of Karoline Pliskova, but the last game was for Eline Svitolina, even at the Champions Tournament in the 2018 season, with 2-1 in the sets.
- Karolina Pliskova: Player form, news and statistics
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◾️Karolina (27 years old) is one of the best indoor hardcore players, of all those present at this tournament.
◾️Her record in the room is an excellent one – 92 successes and only 41 failures.
◾️In such conditions he won 2 WTA titles at Linz 2014 and Tokyo 2018.
◾️Pliskova has 4 trophies this season, on the hard at Brisbane and Zhengzhou (at the beginning and at the end of the season), on the grass in Eastbourne and on the slag in Rome.
◾️He also scored a semi-final in Melbourne, a final in Miami and a final of eight at the Wimbledon and US Open, being fairly constant in the big tournaments, with many points.
◾️The Czech Republic holds the aces record in 2019, with 474 successes in 63 official parties.
◾️He will now participate for the fourth time in a Champions Tournament.
◾️In 2016 she was eliminated from the group stage, and in 2017 and 2018 she lost in the semifinals.
◾️Noteworthy is the fact that it started with a victory in each edition.
- Elina Svitolina: Player shape, news and statistics
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◾️Elina (25) plays for the third time at the WTA Masters Cup, after losing in the group stage in 2017, and last year was surprisingly winning the big trophy in Singapore.
◾️This is also the most important terminal in the Ukrainian career.
◾️Svitolina had a weaker season than the previous two, and the proof is that she did not win any titles in 2019.
◾️However, she reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and in the semifinals at the Wimbledon, US Open, Doha, Dubai and Indian Wells, plus other quarterfinals in medium-sized competitions.
◾️In the last 2 appearances this fall, from Beijing and Moscow, she was deeply disappointed, being eliminated early, from her favorite posture in front of Kiki Bertens and Veronika Kudermetova.
◾️41-24 is the balance in the room for Elina, throughout her professional career.
🎾Statistics of the direct matches Karolina Pliskova vs Elina Svitolina
Pliskova leads 5-4 in direct confrontations. In the matches played in the hall, on the fast field, the score is equal, 1-1.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Karolina Pliskova vs Elina Svitolina
The matches between the two players were always balanced, even if they were decided in minimum sets.
Often the sets have been decided by tiebreakers, with both players paying close attention to their own service.
So I expect such a balanced match, one of tugging because it is the first match in this tournament.
The prognosis chosen by me will be a long match, with a high number of games, with high chances to repeat last year’s performance in Singapore, where the match was decided in a decisive set.
Bet Tips: Over 21.5 games
Personally, I see Karolina Pliskova getting better at the conditions in the Shenzhen room.
Svitolina has had an alarming decline in recent weeks, capturing the last place here at the Champions Tournament.
The Ukrainian is far from the level shown in 2018, when he won the title from Singapore.
The Czech Republic has a superior service, with which it can get many easy points, and in the field game it has progressed visibly after the collaboration with Conchita Martinez.
His flat and very powerful Forehand could be extremely effective in this duel.
Elina thinks she will tackle a rather defensive style of play again, and in this scenario she would be extremely vulnerable.
Prediction Today: Karolina Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova does not enter this match in too good form, coming after defeats with Yastremska and Ostapenko, in which she missed a lot.
But here it has some advantages, the first being the surface, a fast indoor hard that will favor the aggressive game.
In addition it should be motivated, the prize money being very high.
Elina Svitolina has also slowed down in the last few games, following the defeat with Veronika Kudermetova, who is also indoors.
Other mixed results, including some negative ones such as failures in minimum sets with Riske and Bertens.
Bet Tips: Karolina Pliskova +3.5 games