Venus Williams vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Indian Wells QF Preview

BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells QF Preview
🇺🇸 (8) Venus Williams vs. 🇪🇸 (27) Carla Suarez Navarro

An interesting quarter-final clash from the Californian desert sees Venus Williams come up against Carla Suarez Navarro. These two opponents are very familiar with each other having played on 8 previous occasions, Venus holds a 5-3 H2H advantage. This is an interesting matchup because of the large contrast in styles between the pair, the powerful game of Venus up against the crafty Spaniard. Both have taken out some big names up until this point and will feel confident heading into this match.

Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in action at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Venus Williams has come through a tough section of the draw to reach the final 8 without dropping a set. Venus started the week with a 6-3 6-4 win over Sorana Cirstea in what was her first regular tour event of the year. Venus then claimed her first victory over Serena in 4 years, a hard-fought 6-3 6-4 win. The 8th seeds toughest match was in the fourth round where she beat Anastasija Sevastova 7-6 6-4. The first set could have gone either way but Venus was more clinical in the important moments and managed to come from a break down in each set to secure a straight set victory.

Suarez Navarro is into her second quarter-final of the year at a big event after reaching the final 8 in Melbourne in January. Suarez Navarro required 3 sets to get past Su-Wei Hsieh in the opening round before producing a vastly improved performance to eliminate the 4th seeded Elina Svitolina 7-5 6-3 in what was one of the Spaniard’s best victories in recent years. The 27th seed confirmed her spot in the quarter-finals with a fairly comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over Danielle Collins.

Venus Williams has won the last 3 meetings between the pair and holds a overall 5-3 win/loss record of Suarez Navarro. The last meeting between the pair took place at the U.S Open last year, a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win for the American. Prior to that, Venus defeated Carla 7-6 6-4 at Wimbledon in 2016.

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8 responses to “Venus Williams vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Indian Wells QF Preview”

  1. Suárez will win. She’s returning great and will get more ball in play.
    Venus double faulting too much. She’s got power but I think the good returner will win in these situations

  2. Venus will come into the match with a lot of experience, that said Navarro has vastly improved over the years. She’s not the same player that Serena double bagelled a few years back. On a good day to beat Serena would call for celebration, but Venus knows better. She beat a recovering sick horse. This match will be won by the player with the fewer unforced errors. Also expect a lot of power play from Venus.

    • These two know each other well having played on many occasions.

      I agree that the win over Serena was not as good as it seemed on paper, Serena was always going to be vulnerable at this early stage of her comeback.

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