World No. 6 Karolina Pliskova insists she knows well Aryna Sabalenka's game and she is ready to face the world No. 3. Pliskova, seeded at No. 4, saw off Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4 6-0 to reach the Montreal Masters semifinal. Pliskova and Sabalenka are now set to meet for the fourth time in their careers.
Sabalenka won the first two meetings against Pliskova, having beaten the Czech three years ago in Eastbourne and at the Cincinnati Masters. Three years later, Pliskova claimed her first win over Sabalenka as she beat the world No.
3 at this past Wimbledon. "I mean, I suppose. Like, I don't think people really, really change the game. Once you have, like, this kind of game, I don't think you can go to something completely different just like in a couple of weeks because it's different surface," Pliskova said, when asked if Sabalenka wasnthe same player on grass as she is on hard courts.
"We met on a hard court. We met on grass. I think she's just, like, smashing everything. I don't think there is a really difference on the surface. Maybe, of course, on grass some balls are tougher to get. Maybe the serve is tougher to just block somehow because it's, like, faster, kinds of stays lower."
Pliskova confident in her chances against Sabalenka
"Also here is feel like it's pretty fast, quite windy the last couple of days," Pliskova noted. "It can be, like, really tricky to put back some of her balls.
I mean, as I said, we played many times so I know exactly what I have to do. Of course, the question is if I'm able to do it tommorow, how well she's going to play. Of course, there are moments where she's playing amazing, you cannot do much about it. "I believe I will have some chances there."