Mutua Madrid Open, R3 Prediction
🇨🇿 (6) Karolina Pliskova vs. 🇺🇸 (9) Sloane Stephens
This is an interesting match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles between these two. The strengths of Stephens are the weaknesses of Pliskova, Stephens is an outstanding athlete, quick and durable whilst Pliskova’s awkward movement is her downfall. Pliskova clearly possesses the better serve and generally has the more aggressive game, she will need her weapons to fire if she is to stand a chance here.
I think this is a good match-up for Stephens, especially on clay. Stephens easily beat Pliskova in their two previous matches and I think she should do the same here. The athleticism of Stephens allows her to neutralize the greatest shots of Pliskova, Stephens has the ability to match Pliskova’s power and really expose Pliskova’s movement and weakness at end range by moving the lanky Czech from side to side. Stephens should win this match.