TennisSection previews the 2021 WTA Finals as Barbora Krejcikova takes on Karolina Pliskova in the Round Robin Stage on Sunday, November 14th, 2021.
Will Barbora Krejcikova secure her first singles win at the 2021 WTA Finals? Or will Karolina Pliskova pull off the upset? We preview this all-Czech affair that could have significant ramifications for qualification to the semifinals. With Anett Kontaveit already qualified, Krejcikova, Pliskova and Garbine Muguruza are all vying to join the Estonian in the last four.
Barbora Krejcikova is playing in her maiden WTA Finals singles field. And it looks like she might need some little bit of catching up to do. Krejcikova has lost both matches leaving her with a mountain to climb in the final round of matches in the group stage against Karolina Pliskova. She started her match against Garbine Mugruza in an emphatic fashion, taking the first set 6-2 in 36 minutes. Krejcikova was clinical in her breakpoints conversion, going 3 for 3. The Spaniard squeezed more energy out of the Spanish-speaking Mexican crowd to level the match in the second set. The decisive moment came in the third game of the third set, which lasted 12 minutes. Krejcikova’s serve was put under the microscope as Muguruza needed six breakpoint chances to earn a crucial break. Krejcikova could not respond.
Karolina Pliskova, meanwhile, felt the full force of Anett Kontaveit. The Estonian tamed the big serve of Pliskova to record one of the most emphatic wins at the 2021 WTA Finals. She demolished the Czech 6-4 6-0 for her 12th straight match win in a contest that did not cross the one hour mark. Pliskova now has a battle in her hands to qualify. Not only does she need to defeat her countrywoman Barbora Krejcikova, she will need a helping hand from the Estonian when she takes on Muguruza.
Karolina Pliskova currently holds a narrow advantage over Barbora Krejcikova in previous head-to-head meetings. She is 2-1, with matches spanning across the WTA tour and the junior circuit. However, it is pertinent to note that their last collision came in the first round of the 2018 French Open where Pliskova won in straight sets. Krejcikova has since risen to prominence and has become arguably more successful than Pliskova when it comes to major accomplishments. Krejcikova has already ticked off the grid in doubles with a win at the WTA Finals. The No. 1 doubles team (alongside Katerina Siniakova) defeated the duo of Sharon Fichman and Giuliana Olmos. Both these two players will priobably rely on Anett Kontaveit winning in straight sets to earn a chance of qualifying. With that said, I do fancy Krejcikova’s versatile game plan to come to fruition. She has been gradually growing into the tournament, but it may count a little too late.
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