WTA Prague Open Preview – Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova lead home charge; Iga Swiatek is a Challenger

Last year’s champion and recent Stuttgart Open champion Petra Kvitová avoided this event, presumably to avoid burnout. Therefore, the 2019 WTA JT Banka Prague Open will see a new champion. However, there is still a strong enough Czech presence for hopes of a home victory. Recent Istanbul Open runner-up Markéta Vondroušová is the #8 seed and carries the host nation’s hopes.

Karolina Pliskova Hoping to Build Clay Form for French Open 2019

World #4 Karolína Plíšková made an eye-catching seasonal clay court debut in Stuttgart last week. It took an inspired and back-to-form Victoria Azarenka to stop her in the quarterfinals. The 27-year-old Czech star will be a firm favourite with the home-crowd. They have enjoyed a home victory in three out of the last four years: Karolina Pliskova is herself a Prague Open champion in 2015. The World #4 begins her Prague Open campaign against world #88 Mona Barthel. Karolina Pliskova leads the head-to-head over Barthel 2-1, incorporating a 2014 clay victory at