Wimbledon 2018 has been one crazy ride with 14 of the 32 seeds out in rounds one and two. Will there be more madness on Day 5, or will there be some peace and tranquility at last? Here are two matches where I think could cause some craziness today – continue reading for previews of Ka.Pliskova-Buzarnescu and Siniakova-Giorgi…
1.  Karolina Pliskova (No.7) vs  Mihaela Buzarnescu (No.29)
I don’t think Pliskova has come close to reaching the level of tennis she had in early months of the 2017 season but since becoming a top 10 stalwart, she has been so good at edging out the wins even when she hasn’t been playing her best tennis. Pliskova has just done that in Wimbledon as she scored a three-set win against wildcard Harriet Dart and a relatively comfortable victory over former Wimbledon semifinalist Victoria Azarenka. I didn’t feel that Pliskova needed to do much in that one but was mostly solid, and served well too as Azarenka was really uncomfortable on court and wasn’t striking the ball well.
I don’t think Buzarnescu knows the word ‘fatigue’ in her dictionary at all because she has been playing for 12(!) straight weeks, dating back from April in Fed Cup till Wimbledon right now. Let’s not mention that she has played doubles too in majority of the events… how does her body even last? And how is she still able to play such good tennis? Buzarnescu endured a tough three-setter against Eastbourne finalist Aryna Sabalenka before completely dismantling British wildcard Katie Swan. Buzarnescu’s groundstrokes are so dynamic, powerful and flat, so you can see why she’s thriving on the grass right now, having compiled nine singles wins on the green stuff this year.
Thoughts: Buzarnescu does have a chance to score the upset… The Romanian has the ability to pressurise Pliskova with her compact strokes but when she starts to miss a lot, she tends to lose focus a lot and Pliskova’s serve and experience will come in very handy. After finally making it past the second round at Wimbledon, I think a lot of pressure has come off Karolina’s shoulders and she’ll play a solid match to come through this one.
Final Prediction: Karolina Pliskova d. Mihaela Buzarnescu in three sets
2. Katerina Siniakova (No.42) vs Camila Giorgi (No.52)
The hipster match of Day 5, definitely… Siniakova, the highly emotional Czech is up against the emotionless and poker-faced Giorgi. Siniakova has been the extra inning queen of the tournament thus far with both of her matches going the distance in the deciding set. Siniakova recovered from 2-5 down in the third set of both matches to beat CoCo Vandeweghe 6-7(3) 6-3 8-6 and Ons Jabeur 5-7 6-4 9-7. Siniakova has been really scrappy in the tournament thus far but her fighting spirit and relentless defense is what has helped her to come through these ordeals.
Giorgi is a super dangerous floater anywhere she plays, but on grass her groundstrokes seem to get even more pop and she’s trying to come forward on a good shot which is a good tactic for the Italian. Giorgi beat No.21 seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 2-6 6-4, and Madison Brengle 6-4 6-4 – while she had patches of errors as usual, she is beginning to become more secure in her game and getting the wins she is expected to get.
Thoughts: As most matches does, this one will largely depend on Giorgi’s performance and how many balls Siniakova gets back. With the Siniakova-Jabeur match delayed from the previous day, I wonder if she’ll be feeling some fatigue after two long matches in Wimby. I also don’t think she’ll be able to handle Giorgi’s power if the latter gets on a hot streak. I won’t be surprised if this turns out to be an epic.
Final Prediction: Camila Giorgi d. Katerina Siniakova in three sets
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