??? BNPPO19, Indian Wells – R4 Prediction
?? (8) Angelique Kerber vs. ?? (9) Aryna Sabalenka
A blockbuster fourth round clash on Tuesday night on Stadium 1 at the BNP Paribas Open sees Angelique Kerber and Aryna Sabalenka do battle for the very first time with a spot in the quarter-finals up for grabs. This is an exciting match-up between two of the tours best players to watch, the power of Sabalenka will receive the ultimate test against the best counter-puncher in the world.
I’m going to side with Sabalenka here. Sabalenka loves the spotlight and will be up for this challenge, this is where she plays her best. Kerber is clearly a champion herself and also likes these occasions, however, the slow heavy conditions will suit Sabalenka in this match-up, this is the key factor. Indian Wells has not been a happy hunting ground for Kerber in the past because of the gritty surface, she much prefers a low bouncing court. Conversely, the conditions work in Sabalenka’s favour as the bounce does not trouble her and she has the added firepower to hit through the surface. So long as Sabalenka is reasonably consistent and disciplined she should be too strong for Kerber on this surface.