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- Karolina Pliskova  v Kristyna Pliskova [Q] | H2H: Ka. Pliskova leads 4-3 in ITF Main Draw Only
- First main draw meeting featuring twins in WTA history
BIRMINGHAM, UK – History will be made when twins Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova meet for the first time in a WTA Tour-level main draw in the second round.
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By The Numbers
|Girls Grand Slam Title||Ka. 2010 Australian Open Singles Title
Kr. 2010 Wimbledon Girls Singles Title
|Top 100 Debut||Kr. Jan 28 2013
Ka. Mar 4 2013
|Most Aces in a Match||Kr. Owns WTA record hitting 31 aces 1t 2016 Australian Open R64 match
Ka. Hit a career-high 21 aces in the first round of 2014 Indian Wells
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Karolina Pliskova  v Kristyna Pliskova [Q] | H2H: Ka. Pliskova leads 4-3 in ITF Main Draw Only
Having come close to a first-time clash last year in Prague, Karolina pulled out of the tournament after winning Stuttgart, so we have had to wait until the grass court season to see the pair of big-serving Czechs in action together, but on opposite sides of the net.
Kristyna, who has equalled her best run of reaching the second round since 2013, already has the measure of the surface here, having won two rounds in qualifying before advancing the first round.
Despite a flurry of excellence in 2015 when Karolina lost in the final to Angelique Kerber, Birmingham has not been a great tournament for her with four first round exits.
Both of course play a powerful game, with solid serves and attacking tennis, but the results have spoken for themselves over the years. Kristyna is ranked just outside the Top 100 while Karolina has been a firm fixture at the top of the rankings and reached the US Open 2016 final. While neither would admit that movement is a strength of theirs, the World No. 3 is effective coming in on mid—court shots, following them into the net and her net play is considered to be solid.
After her first round, Karolina told reporters that despite this being a difficult encounter, at least it was not the worst scenario.
“We didn’t play for a while so there’s going to be some strange emotions and maybe nerves. I don’t know what is going to happen if we play because maybe five, six years when we played the last time.
“Before we used to play a little bit more and we were together a little bit more, so I didn’t feel that strange, as I would feel now. But it was supposed to happen last in Prague, it didn’t happen, so I think we both were like expecting it is going to come one day so we pray for not to be in a Grand Slam first round because that would be the worst.”
Kristyna had a different view to diffusing the possible tension ahead of the match, eyeing up a shopping trip.
“It’s very strange to play her. We stay in the [same] room this tournament laughing). It’s family, so you don’t want her, like something bad on something but still I want to win as well. So yeah, not really happy about it.
“In terms of talking tactics or avoiding the subject the night before, she said: “We will go, I think, shopping tonight (laughing).”
So who will be buying the dinner after the match?
“I don’t know. But for sure we will talk about it and we want to stay cool, like we are now. So not sure what we will be after the match, but I hope we will be the same.”
Prediction: Karolina in three sets.
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