Saturday, 9 March 2013

Indian Wells Day 4: Former champions clash

Schedule of play:

Madison Keys vs. Samantha Stosur
Victoria Azarenka vs. Daniela Hantuchova
Urszula Radwanska vs. Sloane Stephens
Ana Ivanovic vs. Taylor Townsend
Angelique Kerber vs. Irina-Camelia Begu
Alize Cornet vs. Caroline Wozniacki
Hsieh Su-Wei vs. Jamie Hampton
Kiki Bertens vs. Mona Barthel
Sofia Arvidsson vs. Julia Goerges
Nadia Petrova vs. Stefanie Voegele
Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Lucie Safarova
Mirjana Lucic vs. Yanina Wickmayer
Ekaterina Makarova vs. Garbine Muguruza
Peng Shuai vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
Monica Niculescu vs. Kirsten Flipkens
Elena Vesnina vs. Kimiko Date Krumm

Match focus:

Victoria Azarenka vs. Daniela Hantuchova

Victoria Azarenka faces a tough opener here in Daniela Hantuchova. The Slovak is a former champion here back in 2002 and 2007. Although she's not at her peak anymore, Hantuchova can pose a threat to anyone on her day. However, I believe the belief in Azarenka will tide her through. Daniela should put in a good fight, but it impossible that she can create the upset.

Pick: Azarenka in 2 sets

Madison Keys vs. Samantha Stosur

You just don't know what to expect from Samantha. Just when you thought she's going down, she picks her game up and beats who she's supposed to beat. So will Stosur beat the young Keys like she is supposed to? Judging by Keys' shaky performance against Oudin, I believe Stosur will have this in the bag. However, if Samantha Shanksur turns up, anybody across the net has a chance.

Pick: Stosur in 3 sets

Angelique Kerber vs. Irina-Camelia Begu

Is Angelique fully recovered? This question needs to be answered or else there's no use trying to predict this match. Kerber, if fully fit, will take Irina Camelia easily. However, judging by how nonchalant the German behaved in Dubai, I believe her back injury is still bothering her. Back injuries take notoriously long to recover, and many players have their careers ended by back injuries. I doubt Kerber is 100%, she might be there just to fulfil her commitments.

Pick: Begu in 2 sets

Sure win bets: Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic
Upset alert: Angelique Kerber, Peng Shuai, Kirsten Flipkens

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