??? BNPPO19, Indian Wells – R1 Prediction
?? Victoria Azarenka vs. ?? Vera Lapko
All signs point to an Azarenka victory when the two-time former champion opens her BNP Paribas Open campaign against Vera Lapko in what will be the first meeting between the Belarusian pair. Azarenka showed signs that she is hitting form last week with a quarter-final appearance in Acapulco, conversely Lapko has lost her last 5 matches and has really struggled thus far in 2019.
The slow hard courts of Indian Wells have been a happy hunting ground for Victoria Azarenka in the past, indeed the sunshine double is a time of the year that Azarenka has consistently done well in over the years having won Indian Wells and Miami each on multiple occasions. I think Azarenka will again have a good month of tennis and should start it all with a commanding victory over an out-of-sorts opponent. The consistency of Azarenka will really trouble Lapko who is inconsistent at the best of times.