Indian Wells QF: (1) Serena Williams vs (27) Timea Bacsinszky
Two of the form players on the WTA Tour will go head to head on Wednesday night in the second quarterfinal at the BNP Paribas Open. Timea Bacsinszky is currently on a 15 match winning streak including titles in Monterrey and Acapulco whilst Serena Williams in on a 13 match winning streak, including titles in Singapore and Melbourne. This will be by far the biggest test Timea has faced all year, it will be interesting to see where she’s really at when she comes up against the all conquering world number 1.
Serena Williams has gradually improved this week in her much anticipated return to the Californian desert. After struggling throughout her 7-5 7-5 victory over Monica Niculescu, Serena totally outplayed Zarina Diyas in a 6-2 6-0 rout. Serena reached the quarter-finals with an extremely hard fought 6-7 6-2 6-2 victory over compatriot, Sloane Stephens.
Serena was frustrated by Sloane Stephens in the first set, the young American causing Serena to hit a large number of errors which ultimately cost the world number one the opening set. Serena was able to turn things around in the second set, better serving and point construction changing the course of the match. Serena ran away with the match in the deciding set, untroubled in her service games.
Timea Bacsinszky’s fairy tale winning run has continued in Indian Wells. Timea has come from a set down in all 3 of her matches this week, a determined fighting spirit that has regularly been on display throughout her matches in the last month. The Swiss number 1 has come from a set down in 5 of her last 8 matches.
Bacsinszky advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-6 6-1 6-1 victory over Elina Svitolina. Timea was outplayed in the opening set as Elina dictated play from the baseline. The second set saw a massive momentum shift, Timea started serving better and put more pressure on her younger opponent. Svitolina was not up for the fight, her level dropped dramatically as Bacsinszky cruised to her 15th straight victory.
Serena Williams defeated Timea Bacsinszky 7-6 6-1 in their only previous meeting in Rome back in 2010. This will therefore be the first career meeting between the pair on a hard court.
Timea just keeps winning, however It’s highly likely her run will come to a crashing end on Wednesday night when she comes up against an opponent that is way out of her league. Serena does everything better than Timea, the world number 1 will dictate rallies and should dominate Timea from the baseline and will likely win this match pretty comfortably.
Prediction: Serena Williams to defeat Timea Bacsinszky in 2 sets