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Pliskova vs Hercog WTA Zhengzhou Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Top seed, Pliskova begins Zhengzhou campaign against Hercog

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 12 Sep 2019
  • Karolina Pliskova vs Polona Hercog is live from Zhengzhou on Friday, 13 September from 11:00am local time/ 4:00am BST
  • Pliskova leads the head-to-head 4-1
Karolina Pliskova (PA Sport)

Karolina Pliskova and Polona Hercog will look to finally finish their second round contest at the inaugural Zhengzhou Open on Friday, a couple of days after the match began. Pliskova lead 6-3 2-5 on Wednesday before rain washed out play for the rest of the day, and the entirety of Thursday.

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The winner of this tie proceeds to a quarter final meeting with American, Sofia Kenin, also scheduled for Friday.

Pliskova is coming off a fourth round run at the US Open, where she was beaten in three sets by Johanna Konta, extending her wait for a maiden Grand Slam. The 2016 US Open finalist may be without a major title, but she has amassed 14 career titles, including three in 2019.

The world No. 2 was champion in Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne, while she was a beaten finalist at the Miami Open. The 27-year-old also made a semi-final at the Australian Open as part of her impressive 44-12 record for the season.

Pliskova has maintained a continuous presence in the world's top-ten since she first broke into that elite group in September 2016, peaking at No. 1 for a few weeks between July and August 2017. She had the chance of returning to No. 1 with a deeper run at the US Open, but she could quite get it done. Her fourth-round run was still good enough to take her back to No. 2 on the rankings.

With less than 500 ranking points separating her from the top-ranked Ashleigh Barty, who is not playing this week, the Czech has got an excellent chance of getting even close to the Australian in Zhengzhou, as the race for the year-end No. 1 ranking intensifies. Pliskova has never finished above fourth in the season-ending rankings- she has got an excellent chance of bettering that this year.

The only way she's getting there is by winning matches, and she will attempt to win another one when resumes against Polona Hercog in Zhengzhou on Friday.


Unlike the tournament's top seed, Pliskova, Hercog did not get a bye through to the first round, but she safely navigated her opening round encounter with China's Melling Wang, winning 6-3 6-4 after an hour and 26 minutes.

Victory over Wang snapped a four-match losing streak for Hercog, as she had suffered consecutive opening round losses in Toronto, Bronx and the US Open, following a third round defeat to American, Coco Gauff at Wimbledon. 

Overall, the Slovenian has had a very ordinary year, limping to a 15-15 record for the season. Hercog had one outstanding week in Lugano, where she claimed her third WTA title, and her first since 2012. She also made the third round at Roland Garros, Eastbourne and Wimbledon, in the only other tournaments where she has won consecutive matches this year. 

The 28-year-old peaked at a career-high No. 35 back in 2011, but she has had injury problems through the years, notably missing nine months between the end of 2016 and mid-2017, and seeing her ranking plummet outside the top 250 as a result. She did very well to regain her top 100 ranking by the end of 2017, and is currently ranked 53rd in the world.

Hercog boasts just the one top-ten win in her career- against Marion Bartoli in Charleston in 2012- she will be looking to double that tally against Karolina Pliskova in Zhengzhou on Friday. 

Pliskova has bossed this match up, winning four of the five previous meetings- can the Czech maintain that dominance and advance to the Zhengzhou quarter finals?

Karolina Pliskova vs Polona Hercog is live from Zhengzhou on Friday, 13 September from 11:00am local time/ 4:00am BST


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