??? BNPPO19, Indian Wells – R4 Prediction
?? (18) Qiang Wang vs. ?? (wc) Bianca Andreescu
Bianca Andreescu enters one of the biggest matches of her career as a slight favourite against the 18th seeded Qiang Wang with a spot in the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals on the line. Andreescu is one of the tour’s brightest rising stars but her ability to come through these types of matches at the biggest events is still mostly untested.
I’m going to side with Wang here. Wang’s gruelling 3 set win over Elise Mertens in the previous round was very impressive, Wang fought back from a significant deficit in each set and eventually outlasted one of the toughest competitors on tour, a win that will leave her feeling very confident. Wang’s consistent, deep hitting from the baseline may well frustrate Andreescu, Andreescu has not come up against an opponent with such capability this tournament or in her recent successful tournaments. Wang’s superior experience could also be a factor here, ultimately I expect Wang to be a little too consistent and bit too tough for the 18-year-old.