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Pliskova vs Bertens WTA Montreal Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Pliskova and Bertens meet in Wimbledon re-match

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 8 Aug 2018
  • Karolina Pliskova vs Kiki Bertens is live from Montreal on Wednesday, 8 August from 1:30pm local time/ 6:30pm BST
  • Pliskova and Bertens split their two previous WTA main draw meetings
Karolina Pliskova. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Karolina Pliskova looks to get into the third round of the Rogers Cup for the third straight year when she takes on Wimbledon semi-finalist, Kiki Bertens on Wednesday. 

It's a rematch of their fourth-round meeting at Wimbledon, won by Bertens. Pliskova has an immediate opportunity to earn some revenge- can the former No. 1 take out the Dutchwoman? 

Pliskova has improved her performances in Canada over the last couple of seasons, reaching the third round of the tournament on 2015, and advancing to the quarter finals in 2016 following wins over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Naomi Osaka (who retired hurt in the third set). She was eventually stopped by Caroline Wozniacki. 

Pliskova was ranked No. 1 in her world heading into last year's Rogers Cup in Toronto, but she is currently down at No 9, after a first half of the year which hasn't exactly been bad, but certainly hasn't been as good as the opening half of last year. 

The Czech claimed titles in Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne within the first six months of last year; and also contested the semi-finals at Indian Wells, Miami and Roland Garros, but she hasn't quite matched that this year, and as a result, is running the risk of dropping out of the top ten. 

By contrast, the Czech has won just the one title in 2018 so far- in Stuttgart- in what also remains her only final of the year. The 26-year-old has made semi-finals in Brisbane and Madrid, as well as quarter finals at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami and Eastbourne. She also reached the third round at Roland Garros, losing points from last year's semi-final run, while she got to the fourth round at Wimbledon, the first time she would cross into the second week at the All England Club. 

Like I said earlier, she has not been bad, but she seems to have plateaued, allowing some of the other ladies, who are bettering the previous year's result, like Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens to move up at her expense. 

With quarter finals points to defend in Montreal this week, she needs a big tournament just to hold off the rest of the chasing park, and she made a good start to her campaign, getting past her dangerous compatriot, Katerina Siniakova 6-4 6-4. It wasn't the cleanest performance from Pliskova - she hit just four aces as against nine double faults, serving at an average 55% for the match. Siniakova could not take advantage, converting just one of three break points. 

Pliskova saved two break points in a lengthy seventh game, before stealing a late break to take a tight opening set. She went up an early break in the second set only to surrender the advantage, but like she did in the opener, Pliskova broke again in the tenth game of the set to seal a 6-4 6-4 victory after an hour and a half. Can she back it up with victory over Bertens on Wednesday? 

Bertens had become pidgeonholed as a clay-court player who only comes alive on the dirt and disappears at the conclusion of the clay season, and there was justification for this widely held belief, but she showed that she is more than just the clay with a typically lively run at Wimbledon, featuring wins over Venus Williams and Pliskova before falling to Julia Goerges in the last eight. 

Kiki Bertens. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Prior to that performance at Wimbledon, her best results this season had (almost predictably) been on clay. She won the biggest title of her career in Charleston, but arguably better was her runner-up finish at the Premier Mandatory meet in Madrid, where she went through a formidable draw including Anastasija Sevastova, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, and Caroline Garcia, before falling to Petra Kvitova. That second-placed finish took her to a career-best ranking of 15th. Bertens also reached the quarter finals at Nurmberg, and go to the third round at Roland Garros, edged out in two tie breaks by Angelique Kerber. 

Before the clay-court season, Bertens had won just four matches in an ordinary spell on hard courts, but she picked it up dramatically on natural surfaces. Can she retain her clay and grass court form as the season switches back to hard courts for the final four months of the year? 

She started on a good note, easing past Carol Zhao 6-1 6-2, but the big test comes on Wednesday when she runs into Pliskova. 

Pliskova and Bertens are tied at 1-1 in their WTA main draw meetings, with both matches taking place this year. Oddly, Pliskova won on the clay of Stuttgart, while Bertens was victorious on the grass of Wimbledon. 

Pliskova is the far better server, but she will need to up the percentages from her previous match against Siniakova. The Czech also packs the bigger punch off the ground, but Bertens is no slouch in the power stakes, particularly on the forehand wing. She has also got plenty of feel and variety,  all of which came together to stop Pliskova at Wimbledon. 

Pliskova has got to serve very well to give herself the best chance of winning, else Bertens, brimming with confidence from her Wimbledon exploits will outmaneuver the Czech. 

Karolina Pliskova vs Kiki Bertens is live from Montreal on Wednesday, 8 August from 1:30pm local time/ 6:30pm BST

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