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22 Jan 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 Australian Open – Serena Williams vs Karolina Pliskova Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Serena Williams vs Karolina Pliskova taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Serena Williams vs Karolina Pliskova on and what time does it start? Wednesday 23rd January, 2019 – not before 2:00 (UK)

What channel is Serena Williams vs Karolina Pliskova on in the UK? This match will be televised on Eurosport (Sky channels 410 & 411)

Where can I stream Serena Williams vs Karolina Pliskova in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Serena Williams vs Karolina Pliskova? https://ausopen.com/tickets?da...

THE LOWDOWN

SERENA WILLIAMS

  • Serena Williams came through her first real test of this Australian Open by beating the 1st seed Simona Halep in three sets, and is now surely the favourite for the tournament.
  • The American seven-time former champion is well on her way to winning a record-equalling 24 singles titles, and if she wins will set up a blockbuster semi-final with Naomi Osaka who beat her in the controversial final of the 2018 US Open.
  • Williams beat her quarter-final opponent Karolina Pliskova at this stage in the US Open last year in straight sets and has a career 2-1 record over the Czech.

KAROLINA PLISKOVA

  • World number eight Karolina Pliskova was in total control of her fourth round match with two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza, winning 6-3 6-1.
  • The Czech star came into the Australian Open unbeaten in 2019 with the Brisbane International title to her name and her last loss coming against fellow quarter-finalist Elina Svitolina back in October.
  • Pliskova has beaten her quarter-final opponent Serena Williams once before, in the 2016 US Open semi-finals, but lost to the American more recently in last year’s final Grand Slam of the season.

THE PREDICTION

Whilst Karolina Pliskova has beaten Serena Williams before, the American is in as determined a mood as ever to put herself at the top of the all-time singles winners with this Australian Open and just one more Grand Slam title. To equal Margaret Court, she must first repeat her performance against the Czech at the 2018 US Open, but Pliskova insists she is “playing a little bit better” than that loss, so Williams must summon the sheer force that eventually blew away the 1st seed Simon Halep in the fourth round. Unfortunately for Pliskova, Halep took a set off Serena, which should only improve her focus. WILLIAMS IN STRAIGHT SETS.

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