July 07, 2021 10:21 AM
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Adam Evans

2021 Wimbledon Championships Semi-Final – Karolina Pliskova vs Aryna Sabalenka Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Karolina Pliskova vs Aryna Sabalenka taking place? Karolina Pliskova vs Aryna Sabalenka will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England

When is Karolina Pliskova vs Aryna Sabalenka on and what time does it start? Karolina Pliskova vs Aryna Sabalenka will take place on Thursday 8th July, 2021 – not before 14:45 (UK) / 09:45 (US EST)

What surface is Karolina Pliskova vs Aryna Sabalenka being played on? Karolina Pliskova vs Aryna Sabalenka will be played on an outdoor grass court

Where can I get tickets for Karolina Pliskova vs Aryna Sabalenka? Visit this link for the latest ticket information for Karolina Pliskova vs Aryna Sabalenka

What channel is Karolina Pliskova vs Aryna Sabalenka on? Coverage of Wimbledon is shared between BBC and Eurosport

Where can I stream Karolina Pliskova vs Aryna Sabalenka? If televised on BBC, this match can be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website. If the match is televised on Eurosport, subscribers can stream the match live on Eurosport Player

THE PREDICTION

World number four Aryna Sabalenka played her best match to date at Wimbledon to reach a first Grand Slam semi-final by beating fans favourite Ons Jabeur in straight sets. The 23-year-old overpowered Jabeur from the off but seemed to employ more tactical control than we have seen so far this campaign to upset the Tunisian’s rhythm and rush her into mistakes. Sabalenka has been threatening a run like this for some time and currently has the most wins on tour this year with a fabulous 34/10 record, though she has occasionally bombed out of a tournament.

The second seed here will face world number 13 Karolina Pliskova after the tall Czech dominated play against Viktorija Golubic on Tuesday to win her fifth-successive straight-sets match at Wimbledon. Pliskova’s talent, especially her near-perfect serve, has never been called into question but her form at SW19 has come as a surprise after a poor Spring. Still, the 29-year-old former US Open finalist is also through to her first semi-final here and a third meeting with Sabalenka.

Sabalenka has won both of their previous encounters in three sets, including on grass at the Eastbourne International. Whilst Pliskova has looked the more consistent this campaign she is yet to face a seeded player, although Golubic, Liudmila Samsonova and Tamara Zidansek were all in-form coming into Wimbledon. There is always a degree of uncertainty with Sabalenka and especially when she is the favourite but Pliskova’s confidence could be rocked if she drops the first set here. Take the second seed to win at least a set in this tight semi-final, or perhaps for a total of three sets needed to separate the pair for a third time.

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