Two Top 10 players in the J&T Banka Prague Open field are led by former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, who is coming off reaching the final at Stuttgart, and in Prague will open against her twin sister Kristyna.
The lower-ranked Pliskova knows how to beat her sister, winning half of their eight encounters, but they haven’t faced each other since 2012.
J&T BANKA PRAGUE OPEN
PRAGUE, Czech Republic; surface: clay
Seeds: Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Daria Kasatkina, Daria Gavrilova, Barbora Strycova, Zhang Shuai, Mihaela Buzarnescu, Katerina Siniakova
Floaters: Kristyna Pliskova, Sam Stosur, Camila Giorgi
Other tough opening-round encounters include (4) Gavrilova vs. Stosur, and (5) Strycova vs. the tenacious Giorgi…
Wildcards went to Kasatkina, Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, and Czech Tereza Smitkova…
Withdrawing from the event were Belinda Bencic, Varvara Lepchenko, Lucie Safarova, and Donna Vekic…
Mona Barthel beat Kristyna Pliskova in last year’s three-set final…
Former champions in the field are Barthel (2017), Karolina Pliskova (2015), and Heather Watson (2014).
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