Karolina Pliskova - Petra Martic
I'm used to it but it's always hard to accept a loss like today's, blowing a 6-4 2-0 lead and 3 MPs late in the decider, unfortunately it's also a time in which I have no luck when I decide to take ML instead of safer plus HG. This is not a frustration pick against Pliskova, who was strangely better than expected when forced on the back foot today, but she still survived a big battle that should feel on her legs tomorrow and here Martic is another matchup she is not comfortable with on clay. Petra is a quality clay courter playing with topspin and has a tricky kick serve that is not easy to handle for flat hitters like Pliskova, Pegula also struggled with that shot today (flat hitter as well). Martic has finally picked up form in her clay season and you know I was looking forward to it, I'm actually pissed off I haven't supported Petra since her R1 win over Rogers anymore. Martic is into the biggest semifinal of her career and I feel she can reach the final in Rome, being coached by Italian Schiavone is perhaps making a difference this week. Martic has a 2-0 lead over Pliskova on clay.