|Game||Karolina Pliskova vs Bernarda Pera|
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 25, 2020, 1:00 PM (EST)|
Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex Doha, Qatar
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Czech tennis superstar, Karolina Pliskova is set to play at the 2020 WTA Qatar Open in Doha. Pliskova will begin her tournament against Bernarda Pera from the United States.
Bernarda Pera enters this match having defeated Caroline Garcia in straight sets in the opening round. It was a dominant performance by Pera as she only lost 4 games during the entire match. During the win, Bernarda Pera impressed with her receiving as she won close to 50% of her return points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. The serving was also solid from Pera as she won all of her service games. Despite the win, Pera will still consider 2020 to be a tough season as she has not made it past the second round of a tournament. This is expected to be a challenging match for Bernarda Pera as she is playing against the number 3 seed.
On the other side of the coin, Karolina Pliskova received a bye in the opening round due to her high seeding. Karolina Pliskova enters this match following a poor campaign in Dubai where she was eliminated during the quarterfinals. It has been a solid season for Karolina Pliskova as she started 2020 by winning the Brisbane International but failed to make an impact at the Australian Open. The Qatar Open has been a strong tournament for Karolina Pliskova as she won the title in 2017. Pliskova will be hoping to produce a big performance at this tournament.
There have been no prior matches between Bernarda Pera and Karolina Pliskova.
Despite winning her previous match, Bernarda Pera has struggled in 2020 and I see her losing this match. Karolina Pliskova is an elite player and she seems to be in decent touch having recently won the Brisbane International. There is a big gap in skill between the players so I am going to pick Pliskova to win this match in straight sets.