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Pliskova vs Peterson WTA Cincinnati live streaming, preview and tips - Former champion Pliskova seeks return to quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 15 Aug 2019
  • Karolina Pliskova vs Rebecca Peterson is live from Cincinnati around 3.00pm local time on Thursday (8.00pm BST)
  • It's the first career meeting between the pair
Karolina Pliskova (PA Images)

Former champion Karolina Pliskova continues her Western & Southern Open campaign on Thursday when she faces the unseeded Rebecca Peterson for a spot in the quarter-finals in Cincinnati.

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Third seed and 2016 Cincinnati champion Karolina Pliskova aims for the Western & Southern Open quarter-finals on Thursday against Rebecca Peterson of Sweden.

Pliskova was untroubled in her opening match in Cincinnati on Wednesday against lucky loser Wang Yafan, dropping just four games in a clinical 6-1 6-3 victory. The Czech was dominant on serve, winning 86 per cent of points behind her first delivery as she dominated from first point to last in the 71-minute triumph, setting up a R16 clash with Peterson, who she’s never played before.

"I’ve never really seen [Peterson] playing, so of course, I’m going to see some videos, or [coach Conchita Martinez] maybe saw a little bit of the match today," said Pliskova. "So we’re going to prepare."
"There’s some new faces, and some weeks are better for different players," Pliskova added. "[Peterson’s] beaten some good players, Strycova in the qualies, so I know she’s going to be confident."

Pliskova claimed one of the biggest titles of her career three years ago in Cincinnati, defeating three top 10 players on the bounce as the World No. 17 - including Svetlana Kuznetsova, Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber - to take home the silverware. That run would of course propel Pliskova to bigger and better things, starting with the Czech reaching her first (and to date only) Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open just a few weeks later, while Pliskova would go on to hit the No. 1 ranking midway through 2017 and has generally been a consistent top 10 player over the last three years.

The 27-year-old has been fairly consistent this season - her current ranking of No. 3 illustrates that - becoming the only player to win titles across all three surfaces as she reigned supreme in Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne, but Pliskova has struggled when it really matters in the biggest tournaments, losing in the third round of Roland Garros and fourth round of Wimbledon. A player like Pliskova needs to take her game to the next level, and that means winning a slam, but at the moment she just can’t seem to click her explosive game into gear on the biggest of stages. Can she warm up for the U.S. Open by going on another title run in Cincinnati?


She will have to make it past an in-form Rebecca Peterson to reach the last eight. The Swedish No. 1 had been 0-8 against top 20 players before the U.S. Open Series kicked off, but she’s managed to beat two players in that bracket over the last few weeks, starting with No. 8 Sloane Stephens in the first round of Washington before - after qualifying for the main draw in Cincinnati - she overcame French Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta by a 6-3 3-6 7-5 scoreline in the opening round. Peterson would then come back from a set down to conquer Veronica Kudermetova 2-6 7-5 6-2 to advance into the Round of 16.

"I know that I have the game inside of me and that I can beat the top players," Peterson said after defeating Konta. "I'm just, one day at a time, trying to get better all the time, and just keep on improving, and hopefully, the results will come."

After missing the first six months of the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury, Peterson made a massive rankings leap in 2018, climbing to a year-end mark of No. 55 after starting the season at No. 196, with her highlights including winning the $100k ITF title in Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France, making the WTA Acapulco semi-finals and reaching the third round of the U.S. Open, taking out 27th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova along the way. Peterson hasn’t had the best 2019, making her lone tour-level quarter-final in Rabat, but it’s looking like she’s hitting a purple patch of form on American hardcourts - can she claim a second top 10 win on Thursday?

It will take a big performance. Peterson has a nice forehand and in her current form, she can potentially cause some trouble to the Czech, but if Pliskova plays anywhere near the level she did in her opening match, she will be very hard to stop.


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Pliskova vs Peterson WTA Cincinnati live streaming, preview and tips - Former champion Pliskova seeks return to quarter-finals

Former champion Karolina Pliskova continues her Western & Southern Open campaign on Thursday when she faces the unseeded Rebecca Peterson for a spot in the quarter-finals in Cincinnati.

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