WTA Zhengzhou Final Preview: Karolina Pliskova vs. Petra Martic

WTA Zhengzhou Final Preview: Karolina Pliskova vs. Petra Martic

Karolina Pliskova will look to spoil Petra Martic's first Premier final appearance and capture her fourth title of 2019.

In her first ever WTA Premier final, Croatia’s Petra Martic will meet top-seeded Karolina Pliskova for the Zhengzhou Open title early Sunday morning. 

Both Pliskova and Martic cruised through their semifinal rounds, as Pliskova dispatched Alja Tomjanovic 6-3, 6-2 while Martic dismissed Kristina Mladenovic 6-0, 6-3. 

Pliskova has been a model of consistency this year. This marks her fifth final appearance of the year, winning the title in Brisbane, Rome, and Eastbourne. 

Martic, in the midst of a career year, will look to capture her second career singles title. In April, Martic finally broke through with a comeback victory over Marketa Vondrousova in the Istanbul final.  

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Pliskova is the favorite in this match and will look to overwhelm Martic with her rare combination of power and precision, but she has struggled against the Croatian in the past. 

Martic owns the head to head advantage 2-1 at the WTA level. She owns a troublesome game for most opponents. She excels at removing the ball from her opponent’s strike zone with her heavy kick-serve and forehand. She defends exceptionally well, and uses her slice effectively— a solid play against the 6’1" Pliskova. 

In the end Pliskova’s power should prove too much on the hard court, but Martic should be confident. And so often in tennis, a little confidence can go a long way.