Karolina Pliskova vs Caroline Wozniacki WTA Toronto tennis preview, predictions and tips: Pliskova faces first big test as No. 1 in Toronto

Andrew Hendrie in WTA 11 Aug 2017
  • Karolina Pliskova vs Caroline Wozniacki is live from Toronto at 12.30pm local time on Friday (5.30pm BST)
  • Wozniacki leads head-to-head 4-2, but Pliskova has won two of their three clashes in 2017
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Toronto at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis
Karolina Pliskova (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova and World No. 6 Caroline Wozniacki clash for the fourth time this season when they duel for a semi-final spot at the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Friday.

Watch and bet on Pliskova vs Wozniacki live from Toronto at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis. Their quarter-final showdown begins at 12.30pm local time on Friday (5.30pm BST).



Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Wozniacki are both competing in their first ever quarter-final in Toronto on Friday, although Wozniacki has claimed silverware in Canada before, capturing the 2010 Rogers Cup title when the event was held in Montreal. Remarkably, Wozniacki had never won a match in Toronto before this week, while the same could be said for Pliskova, who lost in qualifying in 2013 and in the first round in 2015 in her only two previous visits. However both are playing great tennis this week in the Canadian city, with Pliskova searching for her third win over Wozniacki in 2017 after beating her in the Doha and Eastbourne finals, while the Dane got some revenge in the Miami semis. Pliskova and Wozniacki take to court at 12.30pm local time on Friday (5.30pm BST).

Pliskova advanced into the Rogers Cup quarter-finals for the first time on Thursday when Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka was forced to retire with an abdominal injury shortly after claiming the second set in a tiebreaker and extending the match into a third. Pliskova nevertheless was strong throughout the contest, saving all three break points she faced and firing 12 aces past the rising teenager. The win followed a strong opening round performance, where Pliskova extended her dominance over Russian rival Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, winning 6-3 6-3.

The fashion in which Pliskova has transformed into arguably the most consistent performer at the top of women’s tennis in 2017 has been remarkable, especially when you consider her flashy and streaky past. In fact, it was this time last year when Pliskova began her run to No. 1, winning the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and beating both Williams sisters to reach her first grand slam final at the US Open.


Pliskova’s winning ways have been consolidated in 2017, with the powerful Czech capturing three WTA Premier titles in Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne, while she’s also made back-to-back semi-finals in Indian Wells and Miami, along with reaching the same stage at the French Open and the quarter-finals at the Australian Open. Pliskova beat Wozniacki in the final of Doha and Eastbourne - can she claim another big win over the Dane in the Rogers Cup quarter-finals on Friday?

Caroline Wozniacki (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
It’s crazy to think that Wozniacki hadn’t won a match in Toronto before this week, but like Venus Williams, she’s snapped that sequence this week at the Rogers Cup, booking her ticket in the quarter-finals with a couple of dominant wins, firstly over young gun Ekaterina Alexandrova before crushing good friend and long-time rival Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 6-1 in the third round on Thursday.

Wozniacki’s run to the last eight shouldn’t come as a surprise in the slightest though - after turning around her poor season in 2016 with late runs to the US Open semi-finals and picking up titles in Tokyo and Hong Kong, Wozniacki has returned to the top 10 in 2017 with a series of consistent results, although she’s yet to win another title.

Nevertheless, it’s been a strong and commanding year for Wozniacki so far, finishing runner-up to Karolina Pliskova in Doha, Elina Svitolina in Dubai, Johanna Konta in Miami, Pliskova again in Eastbourne and most recently to Katerina Siniakova in Bastad, while she also reached the quarter-finals of the French Open. Twice Pliskova has denied Wozniacki silverware in 2017 - can she take out the World No. 1 in Toronto?

“We've had tight matches this year; I lost twice and I won once,” Wozniacki said. “And obviously she's a great player. She's playing very aggressive and she's playing fast. She's had a great year.
“It's going to be difficult, but I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to have fun out there.”

I think Wozniacki has a really good shot here. She won their first three encounters - all on hardcourt - and will put the pressure on Pliskova’s serve with her sublime return game, something the Czech hasn’t really had to face so far in Toronto. It’s the first real test of Pliskova’s reign as No. 1, and it will be interesting to see how she competes.


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Karolina Pliskova vs Caroline Wozniacki WTA Toronto tennis preview, predictions and tips: Pliskova faces first big test as No. 1 in Toronto

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