??? BNPPO19, Indian Wells – R2 Prediction
?? (3) Petra Kvitova vs. ?? Venus Williams
The pick of the second round match-ups from the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday sees the third seeded Petra Kvitova take on 2018 semi-finalist Venus Williams. The pair bring contrasting form into this match, Kvitova has consistently been one of the best players on tour in recent times whilst Venus has seemingly well and truly past her prime and is at risk of falling outside the world’s top 50 with a loss to Kvitova.
I’m expecting Kvitova to win this match quite comfortably. Venus was far from convincing in her opening round win over Petkovic, Venus laboured through in 3 sets and seemed to be struggling physically for most of the match, a similar effort will see her blasted off the court by Kvitova. Kvitova has hardly put a foot wrong in 2019 and has already won more matches than anyone else on tour. Kvitova is simply a class above Williams at the moment, the slow court should also favour Kvitova who is in peak physical condition at the moment.