Angelique Kerber vs Pauline Parmentier, Indian Wells R3 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, ??? Indian Wells, R3 Match Preview
(2) ?? Angelique Kerber vs ?? Pauline Parmentier

Angelique Kerber made a commanding start to her 2017 BNP Paribas Open campaign on Saturday by thrashing Andrea Petkovic 6-2 6-1. Kerber is set to return to the number 1 ranking at the end of this tournament, every win for the German in the Californian desert will see her extend her lead at the top of the rankings with Serena Williams out of the BNP Paribas Open. Kerber will be a strong favourite against Pauline Parmentier when they meet at the third round stage at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Pauline Parmentier has cruised through her opening two matches at the BNP Paribas Open. The Frenchwoman was surprisingly untroubled in her first two matches, claiming a 6-2 6-4 win over Oceane Dodin and a 6-2 6-3 win over Yulia Putintseva. Parmentier will face a much tougher test when she comes up against Angelique Kerber.

Kerber and Parmentier have met on only one occasion, way back in 2010 on clay where Kerber won in two sets. Kerber should again be too good for Parmentier on this occasion. Parmentier is solid but Kerber does everything better than her and will more often than not outlast her in rallies, especially if things get tight. Kerber also has more firepower to finish the rally, whilst Parmentier will struggle to hit through Kerber. Kerber should win this match comfortably.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Pauline Parmentier in 2 sets

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