??? BNPPO19, Indian Wells – QF Prediction
?? (8) Angelique Kerber vs. ?? Venus Williams
An intriguing quarter-final match-up at the BNP Paribas Open sees the power of Venus Williams come up against the counter-punching Angelique Kerber. These types of match-ups are always interesting because of the contrast in styles between the pair, there are no secrets in this match-up, it is all about who can better execute what they need to do on the night to get the win.
I’m going to side with Kerber here. In this match-up, on a slow hard court, I think Kerber has a distinct advantage. Kerber is the best counter-puncher in the world, she feeds off pace, Venus gives Kerber the fast, flat hitting that the German loves to deal with. At this stage of Williams’ career, Kerber is arguably one of the toughest opponents she can face because of how physical Kerber makes a match, again this is especially true here because of the slow surface. Playing Sabalenka was the perfect warm-up for Kerber, she dealt with the Sabalenka power in the end and she should do the same here.