??? BNPPO19, Indian Wells – R4 Prediction
?? Venus Williams vs. ?? Mona Barthel
A huge opportunity presents itself to Venus Williams and Mona Barthel to reach the quarter-finals at the BNP Paribas Open in the only fourth round match-up featuring two unseeded players. Williams and Barthel have both caused big upsets on route to this stage, Williams defeated Petra Kvitova in the second round whilst Barthel has beaten Madison Keys and Julia Goerges in her last few matches, both head into this match with confidence.
I’m going to go for the upset here. I like what I have seen from Barthel this week, if she can maintain that level then I think she can take down Venus. The gritty hard courts in Indian Wells are perfectly suited to the Barthel game, Barthel has the power to hit through the court and has greater time to set up her shots. Whilst Williams is having a good week I still question where she is at physically. Barthel is on a roll after beating two quality opponents in a row, importantly they were two powerful opponents so she will be ready for this challenge.