Karolina Pliskova vs Johanna Konta, Indian Wells R4 Preview

Indian Wells R4: (18) Karolina Pliskova vs (25) Johanna Konta

Two of the most effective serves on the WTA tour will go head-to-head on Tuesday when Karolina Pliskova and Johanna Konta meet in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open. Karolina Pliskova has won all 3 previous encounters between the pair and seems to be hitting her best form of the season thus far as she has steamrolled through her opening two matches of the event in Indian Wells. Konta has also been untroubled in her first 2 matches and will fancy her chances here. 

Karolina Pliskova has dropped just 8 games on route to the fourth round. The Czech kick-started her Indian Wells campaign with a comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over Shelby Rogers before thumping Ana Ivanovic 6-2 6-0 in just 49 minutes. Ivanovic was seemingly struggling with a knee injury but Pliskova did well to remain composed and barely put a foot wrong. Pliskova’s win over Ivanovic could act as a confidence booster as the Czech aims to recapture her form of 2015.

 

Johanna Konta continues of impress in 2016. The British number 1 reached her first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open earlier this year and now has an opportunity to reach the quarter-final of a premier mandatory event for the first time in her career. Konta has also been untroubled on route to the fourth round in Indian Wells. Konta started the week with a commanding 6-4 6-0 win over Madison Brengle before easing past Denisa Allertova with a 6-4 6-1 victory. Konta will probably need to elevate her game to another level if she is to record her first career victory over Karolina Pliskova and advance further in the tournament.

Karolina Pliskova had a perfect 3-0 head-to-head record over Johanna Konta. Interestingly, the pair have never played on a hard court. The most recent clash between the pair took place on the grass in Birmingham last year, Pliskova came from a set down to record a 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory.

I believe Pliskova will once again get the better of Konta on this occasion. This is a rare match-up on the WTA tour where breaks of serve will not come easily. Pliskova’s serve is generally more reliable and has a heavier second serve. Pliskova also has slightly more firepower from the baseline and an ability to finish points off at the net. I think this is a good match-up for Pliskova.

Prediction: Karolina Pliskova to defeat Johanna Konta in 2 sets


19 thoughts on “Karolina Pliskova vs Johanna Konta, Indian Wells R4 Preview”

  1. This is an evenly march game! I see Karolina Pliskova winning base on her superior head-to-head advantage over Johana Konta.

  2. I think Konta will win. Will be a different matches compared to their last meetings.
    Konta is steadier than Pliskova.

      1. If this match gets tight I think Konta has the advantage. Recently Pliskova doesn’t seem to be convinced when things don’t go her way.
        I’m especially impressed of Konta, how she is able to find her way through difficult matches but also her game. Agressive and with power but very steady as I have mentioned.

        1. I think Konta is overrated, hasn’t beaten many quality players and when she has they were actaully injured and playing very poorly, I think Pliskova is the better player and should win but we will see

          1. It will be close, I personally think Pliskova is the better player but that doesn’t mean she will win, we will see

          2. I also thought that but it is emberassing that she lost more often than not against Top 50 in last 52 weeks (Konta, you guess right, also has a positive quote here)
            So I think the false player is overrated…
            Only had to know: Top 10 player, who never reached secnd week of a Slam…

          3. Yes I know Pliskova has had some bad results lately but I still believe she has great potential, certainly has more potential than Konta.

          4. Potential…as german, a better example is Lisicki. Can hit harder serves than the Williams sisters, has all the tools and than look where she will stand after Miami…! -_-
            Potential is worth nothing if you don’t use it.

          5. Pliskova is not like Lisicki… Lisicki’s serve is at time horrendous, that doesn’t happen to Pliskova

          6. I didn’t say that. I only said you have to use your potential and what Lisicki is doing with her talent, is really sobering.
            Pliskova obviously uses her skills better.

  3. What do you know, wta addict is correct that Pliskova wins and the naysayers being bratty again for so many times that I lost count.

    1. Yes I have noticed that these people only appear when they think I’m wrong or when I am wrong but otherwise they are nowhere to be seen… oh well not why I’m here but thanks for support

      1. For me, personally I try not to comment on wrong (or right) outcomes from matches.

        When I have an opinion I won’t hold it back. But there isn’t always time to write something – if I don’t write something I either agree or don’t have time for that.

        Think, I’m not the only one, who move same way.

        1. Seen a lot of disagreeing comments from you Largon, don’t you dare deny that. When you have more negative things to say, it means you are a negative person.

          1. Just as I said: If I agree I do usually not writing something.
            I like to talk about tennis, don’t just say yes, yes, yes.

            Don’t know what was negative. Disagreeing is not negative!
            I think you can see I mainly argue with facts and stats.

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