Karolina Pliskova is in for another busy day at the Western & Southern Open, with the WTA World No.3 in both singles and doubles action.
WTA Staff
August 15, 2019

ORDER OF PLAY (all courts start at 11am)

CENTER COURT

After 1 ATP match

Not before 1pm
Venus WILLIAMS (USA) v Donna VEKIC (CRO)

After 2 ATP matches

Not before 9pm
Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) [7] v Sofia KENIN (USA)

GRANDSTAND

Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) [1] v Anett KONTAVEIT (EST)

After 3 ATP matches

Not before 7pm
Madison KEYS (USA) [16] v Simona HALEP (ROU) [4]

STADIUM 3

After 2 ATP matches

Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) [3] v [Q] Rebecca PETERSON (SWE)

[WC] Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS) v Sloane STEPHENS (USA) [8]

COURT 10

Aryna SABALENKA (BLR) [9] v Maria SAKKARI (GRE)

Anna-Lena GROENEFELD (GER) / Demi SCHUURS (NED) [5] v [WC] Catherine McNALLY (USA) / Alison RISKE (USA)

Not before 2pm
HSIEH Su-Wei (TPE) v Naomi OSAKA (JPN) [2]

Bethanie MATTEK-SANDS / CoCo VANDEWEGHE (USA) v Alizé CORNET (FRA) / Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA)

After suitable rest
HSIEH Su-Wei (TPE) / Barbora STRYCOVA (CZE) [1] v Lucie HRADECKA (CZE) / Andreja KLEPAC (SLO) [8]

COURT 7

After suitable rest
Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) / Katerina SINIAKOVA (CZE) [3] v [WC] Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) / Kristyna PLISKOVA (CZE)

MATCH POINTS

Venus Williams’ last trip to the third round in Cincinnati came in 2012, when she had her best run at the event by reaching the semifinals. She has only gone as far as the third round in three of seven previous participations, winning twice at this juncture.

Her only previous experience against Donna Vekic came at Wimbledon in 2016. She won in straight sets, 7-6(3), 6-4.

This will be Elina Svitolina’s second match against Sofia Kenin on American hard courts in 2019. The No.7 seed had to work hard for a 3-6, 7-5(5), 6-4 win in Indian Wells in the spring.

WTA World No.2 Ashleigh Barty has lost her on her previous two visits to Cincinnati at the third-round stage. In 2017, Caroline Wozniacki got the better of her, and last year she was beaten by Simona Halep.

Barty has also yet to get by the last 16 in Premier 5 events in 2019. She was absent from Qatar, lost in the third round in Rome then was beaten in the second round at the Rogers Cup.

Anett Kontaveit lost, 6-3, 6-3, to the Australian in their last meeting, which came in Miami earlier this year. She had previously won a Wimbledon qualifier back in 2014.

Simona Halep has reached the quarterfinals in her last six trips to Cincinnati. Moreover, she has three times been to the final but has yet to win the title.

She has won her last five matches against Madison Keys, including eight successive sets. The last of these came in the WTA Finals of 2016.

Keys’ sole victory over the former WTA World No.1 was back in Sydney 2014.

Rebecca Peterson has beaten four higher-ranked players to reach the last 16. Margarita Gasparyan and top seed Barbora Strycova were defeated in qualifying, which three-sets wins over No.14 seed Johanna Konta and Veronika Kudermetova have followed in the main draw. 

Karolina Pliskova is the only previous champion left in the draw. Kiki Bertens, Garbiñe Muguruza, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova have already been beaten, while Serena Williams withdrew due to injury.

Svetlana Kuznetsova is a two-time Cincinnati quarterfinalist. She reached the last eight in 2016 and 2017.

The Russian has a 3-1 head-to-head record against Sloane Stephens, though their last meeting was in 2016 at Wimbledon, when she won an epic, 6-7(1), 6-2, 8-6.

Aryna Sabalenka has been broken only once in her first two matches this week. In the first round, she saved 7/7 break points against Petra Martic.

Maria Sakkari’s victory over Petra Kvitova in the second round was her sixth career Top 10 win.

This will be the fourth time that Hsieh Su-Wei and Naomi Osaka have met in 2019. The WTA World No.1 has a 2-1 head-to-head edge, including a victory in Stuttgart when they last played. Three of their four career meetings have gone all the way to three sets.