BNP Paribas Open, ??? Indian Wells R4 Preview
?? (1) Simona Halep vs. ?? Qiang Wang
Simona Halep continues her 2018 BNP Paribas Open campaign on Tuesday with a round of 16 clash against China’s Qiang Wang. The world number 1 and 2015 Indian Wells champion will head into this fourth round clash as a strong favourite in what will be the first career meeting between the pair. Halep will be determined to have a much more straightforward victory compared to her scare in the previous round.
Halep survived a real scare in her third round clash at the BNP Paribas Open. The Romanian came from a set down to defeat American wild card Caroline Dolehide 1-6 7-6 6-2. Halep was outplayed for the first set and a half before eventually waring down her young opponent to avoid a big upset. Prior to that, Halep received a bye through the opening round before claiming a 6-4 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova. Halep has been very consistent in 2018 and has come through some tough situations, winning matches that she would have lost in the past, such as her match against Dolehide on Sunday.
Qiang Wang is having her best tournament of the season thus far. Wang started the event with a couple of 3 set victories over Timea Bacsinszky and Elise Mertens. Wang confirmed her spot in the fourth round of the first premier mandatory event of the season with a 6-1 6-2 victory over the 14th seeded Kristina Mladenovic. Wang was yet to really get going in 2018 before arriving in Indian Wells. Her run to the round of 16 is just the spark she needs to ignite her season.
This will be the first time Halep and Wang have gone H2H, who will emerge victorious?