Karolina Pliskova’s and Ashleigh Barty’s WTA careers and tournament history show some similarities:
This is the 1st time in this century that second straight years BNP Paribas Open celebrated first-time Masters winners on both women’s and men’s singles! In 2018: Naomi Osaka and Juan Martin del Potro in 2019 Bianca Andreescu and Dominic Thiem
Bianca Andreescu became – the 1st woman who was born in 2000s and won a Premier Mandatory tournament… – the 1st who won a Premier Mandatory final in singles… – 1st who advanced into the final in BNP Paribas Open and the 1st who won this tournament… She is the youngest champ of BNP Paribas Open this century!
Belinda Bencic made a huge upset defeating Serena Williams in the semifinal at Rogers Cup in Toronto