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Pliskova vs Kontaveit WTA Indian Wells live streaming, preview and tips - Pliskova targets fourth straight Indian Wells quarter-final

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 12 Mar 2019
  • Karolina Pliskova vs Anett Kontaveit is live from Indian Wells on Tuesday around 4.00pm local time (11.00pm GMT)
  • Pliskova won their only previous clash in Stuttgart last year
Karolina Pliskova (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Karolina Pliskova continues her quest for a first WTA Premier Mandatory title when she takes on Anett Kontaveit in the BNP Paribas Open fourth round at Indian Wells on Tuesday.

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World No. 5 Karolina Pliskova has made the Indian Wells quarter-finals on her last three visits to the Californian desert - can the Czech make it four when she squares off against Anett Kontaveit in the Round of 16 on Tuesday?

After beating Misaki Doi in three sets in her opening match at the BNP Paribas Open, Pliskova dropped just five games in accounting for qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure in the third round on Monday, firing 13 aces during a 6-3 6-2 triumph. However, despite the seemingly comfortable nature of the victory, Pliskova wasn’t happy with her performance off the ground, saying the only part of her game she was pleased with was her serve.

"The only good thing was my serve today, with a lot of aces and service winners," Pliskova said during her on-court interview. "Overall, I think my game was a bit bad today. The conditions changed from my last match, but hopefully in the next match I can play better."

Known for being bluntly honest in her post-match assessments, Pliskova clearly feels she has another level to go to at Indian Wells - or that she is still a far cry off showcasing the level she did at the start of the season. Pliskova put together a spectacular 10-match winning streak to open 2019, capturing her 12th career title at the Brisbane International, beating Lesia Tsurenko in the final, before going on to register some of the best wins of her career at the Australian Open, crushing Garbine Muguruza 6-3 6-1 in the fourth round before coming back from 1-5 down in the deciding set and saving match points to conquer 23-time major champion Serena Williams in the quarter-finals. Naomi Osaka would go on to edge her in a three-set semi-final, but it was arguably the closest Pliskova has come to winning a Grand Slam - even taking into consideration her 2016 U.S. Open final appearance when she lost to Angelique Kerber.

However, Pliskova hasn’t really been able to kick on from her January exploits - she lost in Fed Cup to Simona Halep, was forced to withdraw from Doha due to a viral illness (a lot of player seem to be getting sick lately…) and she was knocked out of Dubai in the quarter-finals by Su-Wei Hsieh, where this time it was the Czech who blew a 5-1 lead in the deciding set. However, while February didn’t exactly go to plan, Pliskova is still playing much better than she was this time last year - she didn’t beat a top 20 player until April. Can she continue her run at Indian Wells on Tuesday?

Anett Kontaveit (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Anett Kontaveit is into the Indian Wells fourth round for the first time in her career, beating Monica Puig in straight sets in her first match, before benefitting from a retirement by Anastasija Sevastova in the third round on Monday, with the Latvian pulling the plug with Kontaveit leading 5-0 in the opening set. Having lost in the second round in her last two visits to Indian Wells, the Estonian has the chance to accumulate a nice rankings gain if she can keep her run going into the last eight and beyond.


Starting the 2017 season outside the world’s top 120, Kontaveit put together a rapid rise into the top 30 by the end of that season, claiming her first WTA title on the grass of s-Hertogenbosch, finishing runner-up in Bien and Gstaad and making the third rounds of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The 23-year-old continued to improve in 2018, reaching the fourth rounds of the Australian Open and Roland Garros, the semi-finals of Stuttgart and Rome (beating Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki) and the third round of Wimbledon before going on to advance into her first Premier-5 final in Wuhan towards the end of the season, conquering Sloane Stephens along the way.

Kontaveit would go on to break into the top 20 for the first time after ending her season with a quarter-final in Moscow - and she started 2019 in encouraging fashion by beating Petra Kvitova on her way to the Brisbane quarter-finals. However, that’s pretty much been as good as it’s gotten for Kontaveit so far, with the 23-year-old losing in the second rounds of Sydney, the Australian Open and Doha, while she lost in the first round of Dubai to Zhang Shuai.

Pliskova and Kontaveit have played once before, with the Czech claiming a 6-4 6-2 win in the semi-finals of Stuttgart last year. Both players have similar styles - i.e., they are extremely powerful and flat hitters, but can struggle to mix things up if they are misfiring. Pliskova, by her own admission, hasn’t been hitting the ball cleanly this week, while Kontaveit hasn’t had much chance to find a genuine rhythm after Sevastova retired. It’s a tough one to call, especially in the windy Indian Wells conditions, but Pliskova continues to serve in the fashion she is, she will be hard to stop.


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Pliskova vs Kontaveit WTA Indian Wells live streaming, preview and tips - Pliskova targets fourth straight Indian Wells quarter-final

Karolina Pliskova continues her quest for a first WTA Premier Mandatory title when she takes on Anett Kontaveit in the BNP Paribas Open fourth round at Indian Wells on Tuesday.

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