TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Maria Sakkari  takes on Karolina Pliskova  in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021.
Will Karolina Pliskova go through? Will Maria Sakkari pull off the upset? This match will be an interesting one, where we have one of the top few players in the world take on one of the most deadly players on the WTA Tour. Who will move on to the semifinals at the 2021 US Open?
Karolina Pliskova has been playing some solid tennis, asserting herself as one of the favorites to win the tournament, being the number four seed, she has definitely proved she deserves to be there. To continue that run though, she has to deal with Maria Sakkari, who in my opinion has been playing at a higher level of tennis than Pliskova, and had to deal with tougher competition. Pliskova absolutely has the chance to win this match, and she is the favorite to win on paper for sure. However, Sakkari has been playing some brilliant tennis, so I think Pliskova will need to primarily focus on just serving really well and going with the one-two punch on many occasions, trying to end the points early so as to not get into too many longer rallies, because if that does happen, she’ll likely lose the semifinal spot to Sakkari at the 2021 US Open.
Maria Sakkari has been playing really well, taking out one of the defending champions in the last round, she now has to take out Karolina Pliskova, who has been playing solid. She can definitely pull off the upset, I think her game matches up well to her, being able to grind a lot and create many short balls and unforced errors from Pliskova, as Pliskova is a taller player who relies mostly on serving and power, and I think unless Pliskova can finish points quickly, she will struggle. Still, due to the fact that the matchup wouldn’t be extremely one-sided, and the fact that Pliskova has been playing well too and is ranked so highly for a reason, I expect it go three sets. Overall though, Sakkari will prove to be too much for Pliskova, utilizing her heavy groundstrokes to take the longer rallies she will undoubtedly initiate to book herself a spot in the 2021 US Open.
Karolina Pliskova and Maria Sakkari have met two times before, with the head to head being tied at 1-1. They’ve only played twice, with both the meetings coming in Rome, on the clay. Sakkari took the first meeting, and Pliskova took the second, neither of those matches are particularly important for this match-up, however, they definitely show us that the players will be familiar with each other and despite those matches being on clay, will generally know of each others strengths and weaknesses. Let’s see if Sakkari can bring her level up to new heights and utilize her grind game to take out Pliskova and move on to the semifinals at the 2021 US Open.
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