TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Karolina Pliskova takes on Carla Suarez Navarro in the Round of 32 on Monday, July 26th, 2021.
Will Carla Suarez Navarro go far for Spain here in her last ever year of playing and her last Olympic games? Will Karolina Pliskova continue playing with the momentum she gained by reaching the Wimbledon Final earlier in the month? Both players are experienced and can win this match if they are playing at their absolute best, but only one will make their way to the Round of 16 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Who will it be?
Carla Suarez Navarro put on a superb performance in the first round, beating the always tough Ons Jabeur easily in straight sets 6-4/6-1. Carla is definitely leaving it all out on the line in her last ever year of playing professionally and she does not care who her opponents are. Carla has so much experience and talent that she knows that she can beat anyone and everyone still if she is feeling it on that day. Carla Suarez Navarro now meets the Wimbledon Finalist in Karolina Pliskova and she will know that she will have to be at her best if she wants to cause the upset.
Karolina Pliskova cruised through her first round match against Alize Cornet, beating the Frenchwoman in straight sets 6-1/6-3. Karolina Pliskova is bringing over her form from Wimbledon where she reached the Final this month and she seems determined to go far here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to show that she can keep this up for the rest of the season. Karolina will know that she now meets a much tougher opponent in Carla Suarez Navarro now that she enters the second round so she will have to bring her A-game out and ensure that her first serve is firing at a ver high percentage.
Karolina Pliskova and Carla Suarez Navarro have met 7 times before, with Karolina Pliskova leading the head to head 4-3. They have not met in 3 years but I am very sure they remember each others playing style quite well. Karolina on paper should win easily, but Carla is a fighter and she does not let anything go easily. It is going to be a battle between two different playing styles, the quick and hard hitting game from Pliskova and the long and moving game of Navarro. It will be the most entertaining match in the womens side I believe, and Karolina Pliskova will win this match in 3 sets to make her way to the Round of 16 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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