Serena Williams will put a lot of pressure on Simona Halep, says Pliskova

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Serena Williams will put a lot of pressure on Simona Halep, says Pliskova

In press conference at the Australian Open after her three-set win over Camila Giorgi, Karolina Pliskova previewed the upcoming match between the world No. 1 Simona Halep and the 23-time Major winner Serena Williams. Pliskova expects a great fight from two great players: "For sure the best match now in the draw, in the tournament", said the Czech.

"I think it's going to be challenging for everybody, for both of them, of course, because they didn't play. When was the last time when they played? What I saw a little bit here and there, I saw Serena was playing quite good this week.

She didn't have any very top players, but she was playing good. I felt she's confident pretty much. She's going to put a lot of pressure on Simona, for sure. Look, Simona came back, I don't know, the second round when she was losing.

It's good to have matches like this. To win the tournament, sometimes you have to go through these matches. I don't think anybody can really win a Grand Slam without losing a set, fighting back from some tough moments.

I think Simona can be dangerous. For sure she's not going to give up. She beat Venus today. That's probably going to give her some confidence, too. I think it's open. Of course, Serena is dangerous. She's playing well.

Sometimes you cannot do much. It's going to be open, but for sure a good match." ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title