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Pliskova vs Tomljanovic tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Pliskova back to full fitness but short on form in Rome

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 14 May 2019
  • Karolina Pliskova faces Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia
  • Pliskova vs Tomljanovic is live from Rome on Tuesday at 4pm local/3pm BST
Karolina Pliskova (PA Sport)

Fifth seed Karolina Pliskova opens her Internazionali BNL d’Italia campaign against Ajla Tomljanovic on Tuesday.

Back to full health, Karolina Pliskova hopes a return to winning form will follow as she begins her Internazionali BNL d’Italia campaign against Ajla Tomljanovic on Tuesday.

After a very consistent first three months of 2019, in which she compiled a 21-5 win-loss record, won Brisbane, finished runner-up to Ashleigh Barty in Miami and reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, Karolina Pliskova must have had high hopes for the clay season – especially after the results she recorded in 2018, which saw her win the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart and make the semifinals in Madrid.

Pliskova, a French Open semifinalist in 2017, rightly sees herself as a good clay-court player while the rest of the world, especially casual tennis pundits, insist on thinking of her as a player who should be at her best on fast courts (not that she isn’t good on them, too). But this clay-court season has certainly developed in a frustrating way for Pliskova, whose title defense in Stuttgart was ended in the first round by Victoria Azarenka. Pliskova then pulled out of her home tournament in Prague due to a viral illness, announcing on her official website that she had been in pain throughout April and had only decided to play Stuttgart at the last minute. 

Pliskova did play in Madrid, where she beat Dayana Yastremska but went out to qualifier Kateryna Kozlova in the second round. But it’s only in Rome that she’s received clearance that the virus is completely gone and she is able to return to practicing full tilt. 

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Uhodnete, s kým jsem dneska v Ríme trénovala? ?? Chtela bych informovat moje fanoušky o mém zdravotním stavu. Dnes jsem dostala podrobné výsledky testu a vypadá to, že virus je pryc! Konecne tak mužu zacít naplno makat ?? Teším se na další zápasy už tady v Ríme, kde nastoupím i ve ctyrhre s @julia.goerges ?? Hello from Rome! ? Can you guess who I practiced with today? I'd also like to inform my fans about my health condition. I received detailed test results today and it seems the virus is gone!?? So, finally I can start working at 100% again ?? I'm looking forward to my next matches already here in Rome, where I'm going to play doubles with Julia Goerges. ??

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‘Right now, actually I don't know where is my level because I didn't play much in the last couple weeks, not many matches. Actually practices I've been feeling fine now. Last couple days were pretty solid for me,’ Pliskova said in Rome.

‘I just need to move on. I hope to play some matches here in Rome. Of course, last one is Paris. I hope to do well there.’

Pliskova’s record in Rome is not the best – she has a 2-4 win-loss at the Foro Italico, and although she had her best result in 2017, reaching the quarterfinals, she exited early in 2018 in headline-grabbing circumstances, demolishing her racquet against the umpire’s chair after losing to Maria Sakkari, having been on the wrong end of a dubious judgement at 5-5 in the third set. (She received a four-figure fine, and donated the same amount to charity.)

Pliskova said she doesn’t regret what she did, but she would surely be keen to replace that memory with something more positive, like a win over Ajla Tomljanovic on Tuesday.

Croatian-born Tomljanovic, who now represents Australia, hit a career-high ranking of world no. 39 at the beginning of April. Tomljanovic has had some horrible luck with injuries, most recently a shoulder injury which meant that she played just two matches in 2016 and started 2017 unranked. She had worked her way back inside the top 100 by the end of February 2018 and went on to reach WTA Tour finals in Rabat and Seoul to end the year inside the top 50. 

It’s been a good season so far for Tomljanovic, who made another WTA Tour final in Hua Hin and won back-to-back main-draw matches in Brisbane, Miami and Charleston, although she was unable to defend her run to the Rabat final, losing in the semifinal to Johanna Konta. The Australian got just the second win of her career over a top-10 player when she beat world no. 9 Aryna Sabalenka in Miami, and has given herself the chance to play for another one by beating Tamara Zidansek in Rome 7-6(1), 6-4 on Monday.

Tomljanovic’s win over Zidansek was her first main-draw career win at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, and she will be looking for her first WTA Tour win over Pliskova on Tuesday. Tomljanovic beat Pliskova 6-3, 6-3 in an ITF event in 2011, but their two WTA Tour meetings – Stanford in 2015 and Brisbane in 2018 – have gone Pliskova’s way, the latter by the lopsided scoreline 6-1, 1-6, 6-1. With Pliskova recently having struggled for fitness and not played a lot of matches, while Tomljanovic is having a good season, there’s legitimate reason to anticipate Tomljanovic taking a set but this is a good match-up for Pliskova and if she’s training as well as she says, she should come through it. 

Pliskova vs Tomljanovic Internazionali BNL d’Italia tennis is live from Rome on Tuesday at 5pm local/4pm BST

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