US Open second round preview: Karolina Pliskova vs Amanda Anisimova
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Fourth seed Karolina Pliskova faces American Amanda Anisimova in the second round of the US Open.

Pliskova continued her strong summer in the first round, defeating another American in Caty McNally 6-3, 6-4 for her ninth win in her last 11 matches. 

Anisimova marked her return to Grand Slam tennis with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Zarina Diyas after not having played a match at a Grand Slam since here last year.

This match will be the second match of the night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium following world number one Novak Djokovic and Tallon Griekspoor. 

Pliskova leads the head-to-head against Anisimova, having won all three previous matchups with each contested on hard courts, including three weeks ago in Montreal where the Czech reached the final.

Pliskova is in the midst of a career-best stretch/Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images
Pliskova is in the midst of a career-best stretch/Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

The winner of this match will advance to the third round to face either Wimbledon quarterfinalistAjla Tomljanovic or 30th seed Petra Martic. 

Analysis

This will be a hard-hitting match as both players possess a tremendous amount of power. They will want to get on top of the rallies playing first-strike tennis and dictating from the baseline. 

Pliskova has rediscovered her serve which has always been one of the best in the game and if she can post a few easy holds to start out, she'll put a tremendous amount of pressure on Anisimova's serve. 

The American has one of the best backhands in women's tennis and also has a sterling forehand that can do plenty of damage.

She will look often to that shot to mix up the patterns in the rallies by going cross-court or down the line with it.

Anisimova will look to her forehand to do most of the damage/Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Anisimova will look to her forehand to do most of the damage/Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Neither player will look to the net much to finish off points with Anisimova having a huge edge in movement and footwork.

Assessment

It's pretty obvious that Pliskova is the favorite here. She's playing some of the best tennis of her career, is brimming with confidence and is comfortable on the quicker courts for this year.

What Anisimova has to hope for is the Czech to throw in a few double faults and to get into some of the Pliskova service games early. The crowd will also be a big help to the 20-year old.

This should be a good match and while Anisimova will make it close, Pliskova should come out on top.

Prediction: Karolina Pliskova in three sets

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