Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Order of play for Monday, Feb 15

No 6 seed Karolina Pliskova meets CoCo Vandeweghe in the match of the day as these two are the biggest servers in the women’s game. They will play on Centre Court at 7pm.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. EPA/ALI HAIDER
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Centre Court

Starting 2pm: Madison Brengle (USA) vs Ekaterina Makarova (RUS), followed by Camila Giorgi (ITA) vs Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Starting 7pm: 8-Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs Julia Goerges (GER), 6-Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)

Court One

Starting 2pm: Varvara Lepchenko vs Saisai Zheng (CHN), followed by Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) vs Kristina Mladenovic (FRA), Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) vs Carolina Garcia (FRA), Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) and Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) vs Sara Errani and Carla Suarez Navarro

Court Two

Starting 12:30pm: Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) vs Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)

Court Three

Starting 12:30pm: Denisa Allertova (CZE) vs Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ), followed by Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs Jana Cepelova (SVK), Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) and Saisai Zheng (CHN) vs Fatima al Nabhani and Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL).

MATCH OF THE DAY

6-Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)

These two are the biggest servers in the women’s game. Last year, Pliskova finished with the most number of aces on the WTA Tour – 517 from 75 matches, which means an average of close to seven every match. Vandeweghe was eighth on the list with 260 from 41 matches, which has average of just over six every match. So this is going to be a duel of the gunslingers, with the one serving better making it to the second round. Vandeweghe was the winner of their last clash, at Wimbledon last year in straight sets, so Pliskova could be looking for revenge.

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