Indian Wells 2018 WTA – Daily Predictions

Daily Predictions

Final Day – Indian Wells Predictions

Kasatkina d. Osaka in two sets – Hopefully it’ll be a good one. Didn’t have enough time to write a preview but I would expect Kasatkina’s topspin forehand to cause a ton of problems for Osaka.

Day 9 – Indian Wells Predictions

Suarez Navarro d. V.Williams in three sets – Venus leads the head to head 5-3, and has won their previous three meetings, though Suarez Navarro has always given Williams trouble in this match-up. The conditions here really suit Suarez Navarro and I’ve been impressed with her balance between aggressive and defensive tennis this week. I’ll go for her in three sets.

Kerber d. Kasatkina in three sets – This is another tight head-to-head with the series tied at two wins apiece. Kasatkina has played so well this week and I think she’ll give Kerber a ton of problems in this one. The conditions suit her to a tee, and her gamestyle will give Kerber little pace to redirect. Kerber’s performance against Garcia was fantastic too and I’m really hoping both of them will play their best tennis at the same time in this match. I’ll go with the experienced veteran, Angie in this one.

Day 8 – Indian Wells Predictions

Halep d. Martic in two sets – Martic possesses huge groundstrokes that could blast Halep off court, but Halep should be the more consistent player, especially on these slow courts. Halep is also the way more experienced player as Martic will be playing the biggest quarterfinal of her life today.

Ka.Pliskova d. Osaka in three sets – Tempted to go with Osaka with how impressive she’s been this week, but I’ll stick to Pliskova’s huge serve and more experience. Pliskova didn’t face too many tough opponents this week but I believe she’ll step it up in this encounter. Pliskova will be bidding for her third straight semifinal in the California desert, which shows how much she likes to play here.

Day 7 – Indian Wells Predictions

Halep d. Wang in two sets – The win against Dolehide will probably make Halep stronger throughout this tournament. Both players play a similar game, but Halep is more versatile and possesses more power than the Chinese. She also has the stronger mentality and will be able to win the bigger points.

Sevastova d. V.Williams in three sets Preview

Kerber d. Garcia in two sets – Both players had to battle through tight-two setters. While both players do not like the conditions here, it doesn’t suit Garcia even more, and the Frenchwoman has yet to play her best tennis this year. Kerber should be able to chase down more balls and force Garcia into more errors.

Ka.Pliskova d. Anisimova in three sets – Preview

Wozniacki d. Kasatkina in two sets – Kasatkina beat Wozniacki in their previous encounter, yet that was really because Wozniacki was fatigued from her Australian Open endeavors. Wozniacki hasn’t played her best tennis this week, but she’ll probably be able to handle everything that Kasatkina throws at her.

Martic d. Vondrousova in three sets – A tough pick; Vondrousova is the more solid player but Martic has more experience and won their previous encounter this year in Auckland.

Osaka d. Sakkari in two sets – This match will generally be based on Osaka’s level; clearly she will win on her day but Sakkari is a fierce competitor. I’ll go for Osaka in two-tight sets.

Suarez Navarro d. Collins in two sets – Both players are having fantastic runs, especially Collins but I’ll guess her many matches this week will take a toll on her, especially with CSN’s solid nature. Suarez Navarro played super against Svitolina and will head into this one with confidence.

Apologies for no predictions on Day 6! Had to fight through a really bad day.

Day 5 – Indian Wells Predictions

Kvitova d. Anisimova in three sets – Soooo tempted to go with Anisimova but I’ll stick with Kvits. This match is in the day again so I’m worried for her! Anisimova was so impressive in the match against Pavlyuchenkova; she was able to handle Pavs’ power and came out with some stunning winners of her own. I think she’ll produce a good performance here, but Kvitova’s experience could be key.

Halep d. Dolehide in two sets – Watched Dolehide-Cibulkova, and the American does have weapons, most notably the kick serve and forehand. A top player like Halep though should be able to handle these, and expose Dolehide’s weaknesses such as the movement.

Osaka d. Vickery in three sets – Well this is tough. Vickery played STUNNING against Muguruza but I wonder if she’ll be spent after that match. Thus I’ve gone for Osaka, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Vickery wins if she’s fit enough.

Azarenka d. Stephens in three sets – Preview

Kerber d. Makarova in two sets Preview

Sakkari d. Vandeweghe in two sets – I didn’t watch both of their first round matches, but first thoughts are Sakkari’s defense could be too much for the American, considering the slow conditions here.

Vondrousova d. Sabalenka in three sets – Preview

Ka.Pliskova d. Zhang in three sets – Wouldn’t be surprised if Zhang causes problems for Pliskova again as she had done so in their past two meetings, considering Pliskova’s poor form of late. However the Czech is beginning to find her rhythm after a slow start to the year and her ability to win the more important points with her serve should be able to get her the win.

Martic d. Ostapenko in three sets – Could definitely go either way; didn’t watch their first matches so I’ll stick to the a little more consistent Martic, even though both can be equally erratic at times.

Mladenovic d. Wang in two sets – The last time they met, Wang dished out a double bagel in Tokyo! Thoughts are Mladenovic will be extremely motivated to get this one and at her peak, I think Wang’s one-dimensional game will not be able to handle the variety.

Day 4 – Indian Wells Predictions

V.Williams d. Cirstea in three sets – Venus has not been playing well in 2018 while Cirstea was excellent in her first match here against Niculescu. While I wouldn’t be surprised if Cirstea comes close to the victory, I don’t think she has the mental toughness to get the win. In her last 14 matches against top 10 players, Cirstea has only won twice (against Pliskova in 2017 and Errani in 2014)

S.Williams d. Bertens in two sets – Serena looked excellent in her first match over a year and while her groundstrokes was a little shaky in the beginning, it began to settle down coming into the second set. The serve was also extremely good for a player who hasn’t played for such a long time. I think she’ll do enough to beat a low-in-confidence Bertens here.

Wozniacki d. Arruabarrena in two sets Should be a comfortable one for Wozniacki as Arruabarrena has little weapons to disturb her.

Keys d. Collins in two sets – Keys’ groundstrokes should be too much for Collins. Interested to see if Collins can keep up with Keys’ pace and whether she is ready for the WTA level tournaments.

Svitolina d. Barthel in two sets – Svitolina should be too steady in this one. Barthel has game but she should be too inconsistent to compete with a top counter-puncher.

Bellis d. Vesnina in two sets – Vesnina has been playing really badly of late and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her crumble under the pressure of trying to defend her points from last year. Bellis’ base level can beat an erratic Vesnina anytime.

Goerges d. Vikhlyantseva in three sets – These two played a tight match in Moscow where Georges’ experience paid off in the end. I expect this to be a tight one too; Vikhlyantseva was superb in her first round match and Goerges has just recovered from an injury. Still it should be the experience that is the factor here again; and Goerges should be a little more consistent on the bigger points.

Garcia d. Brady in two sets 

Rybarikova d. Zhuk in two sets

Sevastova d. Puig in three sets

Suarez Navarro d. Hsieh in three sets

Kasatkina d. Siniakova in three sets

Sasnovich d. Kontaveit in two sets

Wickmayer d. Gavrilova in three sets

Day 3 – Indian Wells Predictions

Halep d. Kr.Pliskova in two sets – This should be a relatively comfortable match for Halep if she’s injury-free. She can easily break down the vehement of Kr.Pliskova and can handle anything that she sends at her.

Muguruza d. Vickery in two sets – Vickery played well but I don’t think she’ll have the mentality to upset a top player like Muguruza. Muguruza’s level has been slowly increasing during the Middle East swing and I think she’ll do enough to outhit Vickery.

Kvitova d. Putintseva in three sets – Kvitova has never really done well in Indian Wells and she’s playing in the day so I’m not sure if she’ll face any issues with her asthma. Putintseva is a fiery charcter and on this slow court, she’ll be able to bring back many balls so I wouldn’t be surprised if she snatches a set, but still Kvitova for the win.

Bencic d. Ostapenko in two sets – Preview

Ka.Pliskova d. Begu in two sets – These two will meet in Indian Wells for the second consecutive year. Both played doubles matches the previous day so I would expect both players to be used to the conditions, but Ka.Pliskova who has the bigger weapons and even though she’s not in the best form I think she’ll be able to do enough to hit through Begu.

Konta d. Vondrousova in three sets An upset alert? I watched Vondrousova’s match against Begu and she played really well for an 18-year-old up and comer. I think she’ll give Konta a run for her money but Konta’s experience could be the key factor in this one.

Anisimova d. Pavlyuchenkova in three sets – Pavlyuchenkova has lost her last six of eight matches but has been dealt with difficult draws this year. This is a chance for her to gain an invaluable win, but she’s a little down in confidence and with these slow conditions I wouldn’t be surprised to see her committing too many errors. Meanwhile, Anisimova has already played a couple of matches on these courts. Sounds a little crazy but I’m going for the 16-year-old!

Zhang d. Kenin in three sets – I think Zhang will find it tough to break down Kenin on these conditions, but she possesses a little more power and experience than Kenin.

Cibulkova d. Dolehide in two sets – If Cibulkova doesn’t get this, I have nothing to say…

Sabalenka d. Kuznetsova in two sets – It’ll be Kuznetsova’s first match since September 2017 and dealing with such a huge-hitter like Sabalenka will be tough in the first match of her comeback.

Radwanska d. Osaka in three setsPreview

Stosur d. Mladenovic in three sets – Both have been inconsistent throughout this year, but Stosur leads the head to head 4-0. Expecting this to be a long and messy match!

Barty d. Sakkari in three sets – Barty is a more versatile player than Sakkari but her first match in Indian Wells could be difficult to adjust. Going for Barty to prevail in three tough sets.

Mertens d. Wang in three sets – Wang has already played a match in Indian Wells and think it’s Mertens’ first time in the desert. Both have similar games, but Mertens is more versatile and possesses more firepower.

Strycova d. Martic in two sets – Martic has been playing well but I think Strycova should like the conditions here.

Day 2 – Indian Wells Predictions

Bellis d. Sorribes Tormo in two sets – Good to see Sorribes Tormo qualifying for this after returning back to the tour in February due to injuries, but in all honesty I don’t think she’ll win too many games against an ever-improving, Bellis who has more weapons than her.

S.Williams d. Diyas in two setsPreview

Azarenka d. Watson in three sets – Pumped for Azarenka’s return! I think she will be rusty to begin, having haven’t played competitive tennis for so long, but I think she will get the win in the end. Watson has lost her last four matches, while Azarenka leads the head to head 5-0.

Collins d. Townsend in three sets – Collins has been gaining quite a number of wins in the WTA 125K Oracle Series so she is in some form right now. Townsend is on a four-match losing streak on the WTA main draw level.

Cornet d. Zhuk in two sets – Cornet has been blowing hot and cold really often this year so you never know what kind of Cornet you’re going to see. I think Zhuk needs a few more WTA level matches before she can get accustomed to this level and get a few wins.

Hsieh d. Witthoeft in three sets – Witthoeft has lost her last five of six matches while Hsieh is obviously in good form since the Australian Open, and winning two matches to qualify here. This is the first meeting between the pair, and I think Witthoeft will need time to get use to Hsieh’s unorthodox ways.

Wickmayer d. Day in two sets – I have no idea with this one. Wickmayer came through qualifying so maybe her?

Zvonareva d. Vikhlyantseva in three sets – Tough one to decide between the two Russians! The older Russian needed to come through qualifying and has had a day of rest, so she should be well adapted to the conditions yet recovered from qualies. Vikhlyantseva has lost her last seven of ten matches and playing on these slower courts will definitely not help her aggressive game.

Siniakova d. McHale in two sets – McHale leads the head to head 2-1, but she has lost her last nine of 11 matches and hasn’t won a WTA main draw match since September 2017. Siniakova’s game can go haywire from time to time as well, but she has the bigger serve and should be a little more consistent than the American.

Haddad Maia d. Puig in two sets – Both Haddad Maia and Puig have only won two main draw matches in 2018, but Haddad Maia is the way more steadier player. In Puig’s recent matches she has been losing out on the big points and I would expect this to be the case in this one again.

Buzarnescu d. Brady in two sets – Brady has not won a WTA main draw match since October 2017. Brady is 3-12 against top 50 players and should be too inconsistent to rally against a steady and confident player right now like Buzarnescu.

Makarova d. Flipkens in two sets – Surprsingly this is a first-time match-up; I think Makarova should be able to handle the Flipkens slice?

Tsurenko d. Arruabarrena in two sets – Arruabarrena has lost her last six matches while Tsurenko must be brimming with confidence after a title run in Acapulco.

Sasnovich d. Linette in three sets – On paper, a good draw for Sasnovich but Linette has played some decent tennis this year so I’m going with her to at least take a set.

Niculescu d. Cirstea in three sets – This is a repeat match-up from the exact same round as Indian Wells last year where Niculescu beat Cirstea in three sets. This has been a relatively good match-up for Niculescu as she is able to constantly disturb Cirstea’s momentum with her slice. Niculescu leads the head to head 5-3, and is on form having beaten Sharapova in Doha a few weeks back.

Barthel d. Cepede Royg in three sets – A toss-up, both players are extremely wild on their bad days but I’ve gone with the more experienced and higher ranked Barthel.

Day 1 – Indian Wells Predictions

Rogers d. Dolehide in two sets – I’ve seen Dolehide a couple of times before and she has a solid game, but Rogers is the more experienced player and has the more firepower of the two.

Davis d. Stosur in three sets – Davis played an epic against No.1 Halep in the AO, playing some stunning tennis but just fell short in the end. That doesn’t mean she’ll be able to beat anybody though! Stosur leads the head to head 3-0, but they haven’t met on the tour since 2016. Stosur’s form has been really erratic of late and that’s why I’m going for the slightly more solid Davis.

Vickery d. Bouchard in three sets – Bouchard’s form has been expectedly horrible this year and her last outing on the WTA was in Taiwan, where she played an error-filled match to lose against Ana Bogdan. Vickery has had a breakout three months thus far and just entered the world’s top 100 this week; she is the way more confident player at the moment and should be able to spring an ‘upset’ against the Canadian.

Kenin d. Liu in two sets – I’ve never seen Liu play before and although she leads the head to head 2-1, she’s playing in Indian Wells for the first time and could need some time to adapt to the tricky conditions. Kenin’s defense-based game would be able to adapt more quickly to the courts and she has slightly more experience on the WTA tour.

Sharapova d. Osaka in two sets – First thoughts was this is a tough opener for Sharapova, considering that she is not in her best form this year and withdrew from injury in Dubai. However Osaka has been erratic herself and her mental fragility has been pretty obvious in her matches of late. If she misses a lot of balls then Sharapova’s competitive spirit will sweep this up no matter whether she is too injured or not.

Anisimova d. Parmentier in two sets – Parmentier has lost her last eight of nine matches on the tour, while Anisimova played a couple of matches in the Indian Wells 125K event , reaching the semifinals and should be already comfortable on these courts. Anisimova has played a couple of matches on the WTA level already and shouldn’t be too nervous coming into this one.

Babos d. Bencic in two sets – Since beating Venus at the Australian Open, Bencic’s form has turned pear shaped as she is on four-match losing streak, including poor losses to No.124 Kumkhum and No.82 Cepede Royg. Meanwhile Babos is enjoying a nice year in both singles and doubles, gaining her first top 10 victory and claiming the Taipei title in singles. You can see where I’m going with this…

Sabalenka d. Lepchenko in two sets – As from my previous predictions you can see I’m a little worried for newbies playing in Indian Wells for the first time as the conditions are tricky here, but Lepchenko has lost her last eight of nine matches on the tour. Sabalenka can hit through any type of court and unless she has a terrible off day, she should be able to overpower Lepchenko.

Sakkari d. Vekic in three sets – Once I saw this match-up I immediately felt this was going to turn into a three-set epic! Vekic hasn’t had a good run of form, having not won back-to-back matches since Hobart. For Sakkari, she has only won one main draw match this year. Vekic leads the head to head 2-1, but I think the slower pace of the courts will favour Sakkari. 

Vondrousova d. Brengle in three sets – First thoughts was it would be a smooth win for Vondrousova but her first time in Indian Wells, coupled together with Brengle’s defense capabilities could make this a long one. Still I’ll go for the young Czech who has bigger weapons than Brengle.

Martic d. Maria in two sets – Outside of Fed Cup, Maria has lost her last eight matches on the WTA. Martic has a tendency to peak at the big events and I suspect she’ll like this match-up as she should be able to handle the slices from Maria pretty well.

Begu d. Krunic in two sets A toss-up, both players have similar games and can be inconsistent at times as well. First thoughts is that Begu will win comfortably though.

Putintseva d. Van Uytvanck in two sets – Think Putintseva will like these courts in Indian Wells. Have never really been convinced with Van Uytvanck’s game other than on indoor hard courts!

Wang d. Bacsinszky in three sets – Bacsinszky has only played two matches this year after injury and has lost both. Wang is a really solid player and Bacsinszky will need to do a lot to hit through her on these slow courts.

Duan d. Kr.Pliskova in two sets – Both players have similar gamestyles but Kr.Pliskova has lost her last five matches and her movement has been very poor this year. While Duan’s movement isn’t the best either, it is better than Kr.Pliskova and it could be the big difference in this baseline battle.

Kanepi d. Nara in two sets – Nara has lost her last eight main draw matches on the WTA level. Kanepi has way bigger weapons than Nara and can easily blow her off court.

 

 

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