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Czechia’s Karolina Pliskova, ranked 31st in the world, takes on world number 22, China’s Shuai Zhang, in Round Four of the Australian Open. With a quarter final place up for grabs, who will progress?
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Karolina Pliskova vs Shuai Zhang – Match Predictions
Both players are in the top 30 seeds in Melbourne – Pliskova (30) and Zhang (23) – however, prior to the tournament, neither were expected to get as far as the quarter finals in anyone’s tennis predictions!
Pliskova To win
It has been a straight forward journey to the fourth round for Pliskova who is still yet to drop a set along the way. Across her previous three rounds, she has dropped no more than a total of six games in either match.
Zhang has looked very good but has dropped one set on her journey to this stage. History tells us that Zhang has never beaten Pliskova and we do not expect her to break her duck in this match.
Total Games – Over 20.5
It has been a long time since these two last played each other, and the world is certainly a different place than in 2018! However, we can still read into those previous meetings for clues for today. Each of the last three meetings went to three sets with the players very well matched.
We may not go to a third set in Melbourne but we expect each set to go the distance!
Karolina Pliskova vs Shuai Zhang Preview
With both players exceeding expectations, let’s learn some more about their previous records on the WTA tour and at Grand Slams.
Although she is just outside the top 30 at present, Karolina Pliskova is a previous World Number One with 16 WTA titles to her name since turning pro. The 30 year old is a two-time Grand Slam finalists but lost both – in New York in 2016 and at Wimbledon in 2021. She has career earnings of over $24,000,000.
The 34 year old is enjoying this later stage of her career and came into this tournament with her highest ever world ranking. She reached the quarter final at the Australian Open in 2016 and also at Wimbledon in 2019. The right-handed has reached the fourth round of her last two Grand Slams.
Karolina Pliskova vs Shuai Zhang Head to Head
Karolina Pliskova leads the head to head 7-0 with Zhang coming out empty-handed from each game. Their first match was in 2012 with their most recent clash in Indian Wells in 2018.
Karolina Pliskova vs Shuai Zhang Match Details
When will the match start? The match will start from 02:00 am GMT on Monday, January 23rd.
On which court will the match be played? Match to be played on the Kia Arena in Melbourne
Where to watch AO 2023 in UK? You can watch Australian Open on Eurosport broadcast and online, or stream it on Discovery +.
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