BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells R3 Prediction
🇫🇷 (14) Kristina Mladenovic vs. 🇨🇳 Qiang Wang
I’m going to give Mladenovic the benefit of the doubt heading into this match. I think Mladenovic has turned a corner, her slump is behind her and she is starting rebuild her confidence. The surface in Indian Wells is good for Mladenovic, the Frenchwoman made the semi-final stage at this tournament last year. Whilst Wang has won both of the previous matches between the pair, including a humiliating 6-0 6-0 win in Tokyo last year, I think a determined Mladenovic can reverse that result. The slow, gritty hard courts in Indian Wells favour Mladenovic in this match-up as opposed to the quick hard courts of Tokyo and Dubai where Wang beat an out-form Mladenovic last year. Wang has generally not played well this year and will feel pressure in this match given the score line in their most recent match.