BNP Paribas Open, ??? Indian Wells R2 Prediction
?? (9) Petra Kvitova vs. ?? Yulia Putintseva
On paper this looks like a comfortable victory for Kvitova. Heading into this match Kvitova has won 13 consecutives matches whilst Putintseva holds a modest 5-5 win/loss record in 2018, Kvitova is ranked over 70 places above Putintseva in the rankings.
Nevertheless, Kvitova does not have a good record at the BNP Paribas Open by her usual standards whilst Putintseva has the added advantage of already playing a match this week whilst Kvitova received a bye. The slow hard courts in Indian Wells certainly give Putintseva a chance in the first meeting between the pair. Kvitova can struggle in these types of match-ups, especially early in a tournament and on a slow surface. Putintseva will make Kvitova play extra shots and will play with a lot of variety and determination. I think these factors will lead to a competitive match but ultimately Kvitova should be too strong, especially in the important moments.