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Karolina Pliskova v Amanda Anisimova WTA Indian Wells predictions, betting tips & live stream: Pliskova to end Anisimova's dream run

Andrew Hendrie 13 Mar 2018
  • Karolina Pliskova vs Amanda Anisimova is live from Indian Wells around 12.30pm local time on Tuesday (7.30pm GMT)
  • First meeting between the former World No. 1 and 16-year-old wildcard
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at Unibet > live streaming > tennis
Karolina Pliskova (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Karolina Pliskova continues her BNP Paribas Open title quest on Tuesday against boom teenage sensation Amanda Anisimova in the Round of 16.

Watch and bet on Pliskova vs Anisimova live from Indian Wells at Unibet > live streaming > tennis. Their R16 clash begins around 12.30pm local time on Tuesday (7.30pm GMT).

Fifth seed Karolina Pliskova is the latest top player to come up against 16-year-old breakout star Amanda Anisimova at Indian Wells - can the former World No. 1 end the rising American’s swashbuckling run in the Californian desert? Pliskova has made the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals the last two years, but she’s not in the greatest of form during this event - could the unthinkable happen, with Anisimova - playing just her sixth career professional match - beating the World No. 5? Pliskova and Anisimova take to court around 12.30pm local time on Tuesday (7.30pm GMT).

Arriving at Indian Wells in indifferent form, Pliskova has fought and battled her way into the Round of 16. First up she was forced to come back from 1-5 down in the opening set against Irina-Camelia Begu before completing a 7-6(4) 6-1 win, while she was forced to work extremely hard against Zhang Shuai, eventually prevailing 7-5 5-7 6-3. Pliskova had won all six of their previous meetings pretty convincingly, highlighting the fact that the Czech isn’t exactly in the groove right now with her powerful game. Pliskova appeared to be heading for a straight sets win, but she says a lack of competitive edge towards the end of the second was the reason for the match going the distance.

“I think my energy dropped a little bit, and at that point when my energy dropped hers went up,” Pliskova said. “She really went for it and was aggressive, going for the shots and even some lucky ones.
“I tried to put my energy up in the beginning of the third set, and she helped me with a few mistakes. Thanks god I served it out. In the third set I think my serve helped me quite a lot.”

It’s an interesting little period of Pliskova’s career at the moment - the thunderous Czech went to the next level for a 12-month period from the 2016 American summer campaign and through to Wimbledon last year, when she became the World No. 1. Pliskova won Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and advanced to her first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open not long after, while she also won Premier titles in Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne, along with reaching semi-finals at Indian Wells, Miami and the French Open and quarter-finals at the Australian Open and Rome in a remarkably consistent stretch of form - which is why she ultimately rose to World No. 1.

But things have gotten a bit quieter for Pliskova as of late - she hasn’t made a WTA final since Eastbourne and has only reached three semi-finals at Cincinnati, the WTA Finals and Brisbane to start 2018. After making the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the second straight year, Pliskova failed to win back-to-back matches at Doha or Dubai, and she hasn’t really improved her level in Indian Wells despite advancing to the Round of 16.

Amanda Anisimova (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Does that mean Amanda Anisimova has a chance of pulling off another huge upset? Potentially. I admit I didn’t give the 16-year-old much hope of taking down Pliskova’s compatriot Petra Kvitova in the third round, but Anisimova showcased a level and maturity well beyond her years to sensationally end the Czech’s 14-match winning streak - in emphatic fashion at that, dropping just six games in a sublime 6-2 6-4 triumph on Stadium 1. Incredibly, it was just Anisimova’s fifth professional match, following superb wins already this week over Pauline Parmentier and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

“I'm still in shock,” Anisimova said after beating Kvitova. “She's the best player I have ever played, and it was the biggest court I have ever played on. So it was definitely nerve-wracking, but I was enjoying it so much out there and I was playing my best. It was a good day.”

One of a crop of young WTA stars who have been making an impact at Indian Wells this week, Anisimova was born to Russian parents but grew up in the USA and is being touted as the future of American tennis - and from what we’ve seen this week, it’s not hard to see why. Anisimova became the youngest player to feature in the Roland Garros main draw since Alize Cornet in 2005 when she won the USTA Wildcard Challenge to enter the French Open last year, while she broke into the top 200 at just 15 years of age after winning her first professional title in Sacramento.

Anisimova went on to win the 2017 U.S. Open girls title over fellow American Coco Gauff, while she’s been making a wave on the senior tour over the last month, qualifying and making the R16 at Newport Beach before qualifying again and defeating the likes of Naomi Broady, Nicole Gibbs and Caroline Dolehide to reach the semi-finals of the 125k Indian Wells event last week, eventually falling to Sara Errani but earning main draw wildcard for this event - and it’s safe to say she’s making the most of it!

Obviously this will be the first meeting between the pair. Based on what we’ve seen this week from both players, I think you have to give Anisimova some sort of chance here. Yes, it will be tough for the 16-year-old to continue to replicate the sort of performances she’s been producing as she’s never played in such an intense competition against these calibre of players ever before. But, Pliskova isn’t playing that great at the moment, and she doesn’t have much variety in her game to throw Anisimova off rhythm. It’s so rare to see 16-year-olds making deep runs in big tournaments these days, so I’m still going to lean with Pliskova, but this could easily turn into an almighty battle for the fifth seed.


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