Indian Wells Scores – 52 / 89 (58%)
WTA Indian Wells Final Prediction for Sunday
Kuznetsova d. Vesnina in 2 sets – Preview
WTA Indian Wells Final Poll for Sunday
WTA Indian Wells SF Predictions for Friday
Day 10 – 0/2
Pliskova d. Kuznetsova in 3 sets – Preview
Mladenovic d. Vesnina in 3 sets – Thoughts in Thursday’s Set Points post
WTA Indian Wells SF Polls for Friday
WTA Indian Wells QF Predictions for Thursday – Bottom Half
Day 9 – 0/2
Wozniacki d. Mladenovic in 3 sets – Preview
V.Williams d. Vesnina in 3 sets – Thoughts in Wednesday’s Set Points post
WTA Indian Wells QF Polls for Thursday – Bottom Half
WTA Indian Wells QF Predictions for Wednesday – Top Half
Day 8 – 2/2
Thoughts about the two matches in Tuesday’s Set Points post
Pliskova d. Muguruza in 2 sets
Kuznetsova d. Pavlyuchenkova in 3 sets
WTA Indian Wells QF Polls for Wednesday – Top Half
WTA Indian Wells R4 Predictions for Tuesday – Top Half
Day 7 – 1/3
Thoughts about all four matches in Monday’s Set Points post.
Pliskova d. Bacsinszky in 2 sets
Svitolina d. Muguruza in 3 sets
Cibulkova d. Pavlyuchenkova in 2 sets
Kuznetsova d. Garcia in 3 sets
WTA Indian Wells R4 Polls for Tuesday – Top Half
WTA Indian Wells R4 Predictions for Tuesday – Bottom Half
Day 7 – 1/4
Wozniacki d. Keys in 3 sets – Keys had a terrible record in 2016 against the likes of Kerber, Halep & Wozniacki so i’m super intrigued to see how she gets on here. I’m sensing she will find a way this year but this may be too soon in her comeback. Wozniacki is reeling off the wins right now and dominated their previous encounter at the US Open, albeit with Keys not producing a performance anywhere close to her potential. This will be a completely different match to the one against Osaka and it’s likely to be physical with Woz’s retrieval skills. Going for Woz but I remain adamant this will be a huge year for Keys
Davis d. Mladenovic in 3 sets – Mladenovic is building together a superb year in singles after stuttering in 2016. The Frnchwoman has still thrown in some odd displays this year and had a mini crisis of confidence trying to close out Halep, Davis is having an even better year and just knows how to win right now. She also seems to be enjoying herself, looking much more comfortable in herself and having a great relationship with her coach. Going with my instinct on this one, even if my success on instinct may be poor, and that Davis will extract errors from Mladenovic and be the more consistent.
Peng Shuai d. V.Williams in 3 sets – Peng Shuai’s story hasn’t attracted the attention or plaudits it deserves – she’s doing a magnificent job this year and rather quietly saw off Radwanska for her first top ten win since her comeback from back surgery. Venus produced a clinical display against Safarova and despite multiple strapping, is getting by without being able to serve at full capacity. I’m leaning towards Peng in this one who looks so sharp right now and beat Venus in Beijing towards the end of 2016. There’s a slight concern for me in Venus playing back-to-back days but equally, it wouldn’t surprise me if she conjures up another strong display.
Kerber d. Vesnina in 2 sets – Both players had hard fought wins in the third round with neither playing particularly well. It was noteworthy for both as they have not performed well in IW of late, Vesnina ever, reaching R4 for the first time in her career at this tournament. Vesnina’s quietly having a superb year but I think Kerber will improve on Monday’s match against Parmentier and come through for the win in two tight sets.
WTA Indian Wells R4 Poll for Tuesday – Bottom Half
WTA Indian Wells R3 Predictions for Monday
Day 6 – 4/7
Osaka d. Keys in 3 sets – Preview
Wozniacki d. Siniakova in 2 sets – Preview
Davis d. Goerges in 3 sets – Both players are in good form; Goerges is competing so well this year and has won her last four three set matches and all from a set down, while Davis has won 15 matches already this year. Davis leads Goerges, 2-1 in their head-to-head. I feel quite decisive in picking Davis in this match based on the confidence that she has picked up from all the wins and she seems really comfortable with everything right now. I think she’ll be too consistent for Goerges.
Halep d. Mladenovic in 3 sets – Hmmm Mladenovic is certainly capable of the win. Halep’s had a tough week mentally after the passing away of her Grandfather. I’d still take Halep on these courts as Mladenovic is just too up and down from match-to-match to have confidence in her pulling off the upset.
Peng Shuai d. Radwanska in 2 sets – Going with the upset on this one, Peng Shuai is playing some solid, aggressive tennis and beat Radwanska in their last match at the US Open, 6-3 6-4 in 2014. I’m just not convinced by Radwanska and I think confidence is low right now. She will have to step it up against an in-form opponent who has already won four matches in the desert.
Babos d. Vesnina in 3 sets – First time match-up, despite the slow start to the year, i’ve been impressed with Babos in her last two tournaments. Her win over Safarova in the Budapest final was very impressive as she was tactically sound and not just overhitting, and it sounded like she was on the same wavelength in a tough three set win over Lepchenko. Vesnina had an excellent win over Rogers, her first in three matches against the American. I’d expect this to be a close one and i’m edging towards Babos who is the more explosive of the two and seems to be settling in 2017.
Kerber d. Parmentier in 2 sets – Parmentier is quietly putting together an excellent year. Still, Kerber in straights for me.
WTA Indian Wells R3 Polls for Monday
WTA Indian Wells R3 Predictions for Sunday
Day 5 – 6/8
Ka. Pliskova d. Begu in 2 sets – Pliskova’s come-from-behind win over Puig was a hugeeee win – being able to beat a dangerous opponent, not at her best, is the mark of a champion. Pliskova’s most impressive wins this year are the ones where she has been on the ropes and had to really battle (Vinci, Ostapenko, Cibulkova). Begu won her first match since the Australian Open vs. Chirico. Pliskova’s win over Puig cements my feeling that she will win this tournament.
Bacsinszky d. Bertens in 3 sets – Bacsinszky seems to have the handle now on Niculescu but she will now play another player who leads their H2H in Bertens who has won their last two matches in straight sets (both on clay). Bertens snapped a five match losing streak on the tour in a comprehensive win over Bencic, 6-2 6-2. I do have a fear that Bertens could overpower Bacsinszky in this one; on the other hand, Bertens has been mostly erratic in 2017 and hasn’t been able to string solid performances together. These conditions suit Bacsinszky and while not entirely convincing in her R2 match, she came out with a solid game plan vs. Niculescu and was mostly patient.
Svitolina d. Gavrilova in 3 sets – Preview
Muguruza d. Day in 2 sets – Great win for Day over Lucic-Baroni, I was pissed with myself because I felt it but didn’t have the nerve to go for it. I expected Muguruza to have more trouble with Flipkens but it was a comfortable win. This will be a super opportunity for Day. I do think Muguruza’s experience will be too much on this occasion.
Cibulkova d. Kr. Pliskova in 3 sets – I’m not confident in this one. Kr. Pliskova is having a stunning week and flew past Kasatkina for the loss of three games. It was rather unnerving to see Kr. Plisk winning the longer rallies. Cibulkova will need to serve better than she did against Ostapenko where she won just 40% of first serve points and dropped her serve ten times. Cibulkova’s had a good record against Ka. Pliskova and I *think* she’ll be able to get into her Kr. Pliskova’s service games and get her on the move.
Strycova d. Pavlyuchenkova in 3 sets – Same as above 😂. Pavs leads the head-to-head, 2-0 and had a solid straight sets win over Kontaveit in the second round. Strycova is playing at a much higher level than two years ago. This is 50-50 for me.
Konta d. Garcia in 2 sets – Konta has won their last two matches convincingly. I still think Konta is shaking off some rust from her lay-off since Fed Cup but I don’t believe Garcia can put it altogether on a consistent basis to threaten Konta.
Kuznetsova d. Vinci in 2 sets – Liking this one, a veteran match-up! The pair are tied at 3-3 in their head-to-head and no player has won two matches in a row. Vinci won their last match in Zhuhai so…
WTA Indian Wells R3 Polls for Sunday
WTA Indian Wells R2 Predictions for Saturday
Day 4 – 10/15
Keys d. Duque-Mariño in 2 sets – Fascinated to see Keys in action for the first time in 2017 and expecting another big year with Lindsay Davenport in her corner. As opening matches go, this is an ideal one for Keys to shake off the rust and potentially start with a win. Keys won their only previous match at the French Open last year, 6-3 6-2.
Zhang d. Osaka in 3 sets – Teased with the upset, I think this *could* be a really close match between two fine strikers of the ball.
Siniakova d. Suárez Navarro in 3 sets – Siniakova had a very gutsy win over Barthel on Thursday – it was a mixed bag but she got the victory through trying to be positive. I think that performance would have been a big confidence boost and with Suárez Navarro having played very little tennis this year due to a shoulder injury (she lost her only match since the AO to #201 Miyu Kato in KL last week), Siniakova has a great shot at the upset.
Wozniacki d. Linette in 2 sets – Wozniacki won their only previous match in Tokyo last year, 6-4 6-3. Don’t anticipate any major issues for Woz.
Stosur d. Goerges in 3 sets – Almost an upset in itself with Goerges winning four of their five previous encounters but I like Stosur to come through this match in conditions that suit her game. Their last four matches have all gone the distance so expecting another close match.
Davis d. Sevastova in 3 sets – Sevastova won their only previous encounter and had a great run herself in Dubai but Davis keeps eeking out the wins. Going for the American.
Mladenovic d. Beck in 2 sets – Mladenovic has thrown in a couple of shockers lately and i’d guess Beck is one of those players that could frustrate her. Still, I like Mladenovic’s positivity and I think she will keep her recent good form going.
Halep d. Vekic in 2 sets – Tough to figure out Halep out and where she is with the knee injury. She said everything was fine heading into the AO but was still having issues. My guess would be that she wouldn’t be competing unless she had a bit of confidence that the knee would hold up. Therefore, I think she will take care of Vekic.
Radwanska d. Sorribes Tormo in 2 sets – Radwanska has been struggling this year but this would be a shock if she were to lose to Sorribes Tormo. Respect to SST who has had some solid wins of late, I keep going against her in every match and she consistently proves me wrong haha!
Peng d. Konjuh in 3 sets – Tricky one, surprised in myself for going against Konjuh but my instinct is that she may struggle with the conditions. Add to that, Peng has been remarkably consistent this year and has three matches under her belt in Indian Wells.
Safarova-Vandeweghe – Don’t do predictions for Lucie but for the record, I think she wins this one!
Jankovic d. V.Williams in 3 sets – I’m going to stick with my initial thoughts on this one, despite Jankovic labouring to her win over Falconi and having one almighty rant. I am wondering whether Jankovic has the concentration to pull this off but I do think Venus will be very vulnerable. JJ leads the head-to-head, 7-6 and loves these courts.
Rogers d. Vesnina in 2 sets – Really impressed with Rogers’s mental application in her first round win over Brady and Vesnina has never performed well in Indian Wells. Add to that, Rogers has won their two previous encounters, both in 2016, at the French Open (6-4 6-2) and Tianjin (7-5 4-6 7-6(4)).
Babos d. Lepchenko in 2 sets – A bit of a toss-up, Lepchenko’s won three matches having coming through qualifying, but Babos was excellent at home in Budapest. It won’t be straightforward to simply replicate that form but she should come into this tournament content having never not won a match on the tour before her home event.
Putintseva d. Parmentier in 2 sets – Parmentier is having a solid year up till now, still feeling Poots for the win though.
Kerber d. Petkovic in 2 sets – Expecting a good ‘ol hug at the end of this one. Kerber leads the head-to-head, 7-3 and i’d fancy her to come through this one in straights.
WTA Indian Wells R2 Polls for Saturday
WTA Indian Wells R2 Predictions for Friday
Day 3 – 10/16
Ka. Pliskova d. Puig in 3 sets – Really intrigued by this match. The head-to-head is one way traffic with Pliskova winning all three of their previous matches in straight sets, most recently beating Puig on grass in Nottingham last year, 6-2 6-2. Puig competed well during February, turning around her year after a slow start. I like these courts for Puig and I fancy her to win a set and give Pliskova a really challenging first match.
Chirico d. Begu in 2 sets – Chirico and Begu have had lacklustre starts to the year with both winning just one match all year. Chirico’s lone win came on Wednesday in a confidence-boosting first round win. I think the American player will build on that result and cause an minor upset in this match.
Bencic d. Bertens in 3 sets – I was delighted to see Bencic get through her first round match. This is a very winnable match and one of the best draws she could have had. Bertens has lost her last five matches on tour but did give it her all and came close in her most recent match, a tight three set loss to Christina McHale in Dubai. I think it could be close, perhaps more so than generally expected, but I think Bencic will be a little more stable.
Bacsinszky d. Niculescu in 3 sets – Preview
Svitolina d. Wang Qiang in 2 sets – Both have enjoyed good starts to the year and this won’t be a walk in the park for Svitolina. I’d fancy at least one close set but Svitolina is becoming more accomplished at getting through these types of matches, even if not playing close to her peak level.
Wickmayer d. Gavrilova in 3 sets – Gavrilova hasn’t played since a disappointing Fed Cup weekend where she lost both her matches in straights. Wickmayer has rebounded reasonably well after missing the nine match points against Safarova at the Australian Open, winning three of the four three setters she has played. With matches under her belt i’d have taken Gavrilova in a flash. Now, i’m really not so sure…
Lucic-Baroni d. Day in 3 sets – Day enjoyed a superb first win over Nara. Lucic-Baroni is up and down and these conditions are interesting. I was impressed with MLB reaching the semi-finals in Acapulco. Day is one to watch, i’d give her a shot in this match. MLB just…
Muguruza d. Flipkens in 3 sets – Muguruza and Flipkens are tied at 2-2 in their head-to-head and Flipkens actually won their last match on the grass courts of Mallorca in Muguruza’s first match as a Slam champion. I’m sensing this could be a struggle for Muguruza having been out injured since Dubai. Flipkens played some neat tennis to get the better of Bellis in the first round.
Cibulkova d. Ostapenko in 2 sets – Ostapenko has the firepower to frighten Cibulkova, but I don’t think she has the staying power or the nerve yet to cause an upset. Cibulkova has been unconvincing this year, but has said in press about feeling more like herself since Doha… I take those quotes with a pinch of salt but I do think Cibulkova will get the win here.
Kasatkina d. Kr. Pliskova in 2 sets – Not an easy start for Kasatkina, Kr. Pliskova looked great in her first round win over BMS. I like Kasatkina in these conditions and I think she has the game to exploit Pliskova’s weaknesses.
Kontaveit d. Pavlyuchenkova in 2 sets – Going with the upset on this one, Kontaveit has build up confidence and momentum with a title on the ITF tour and had a solid straight sets win over Doi in the first round. The Estonian player has also beaten Pavs before back at the 2015 US Open.
Strycova d. Errani in 2 sets – Errani leads the head-to-head, 7-2. Strycova has always struggled with the lack of pace Errani provides and also, going up against someone who is normally very consistent and makes few mistakes. Strycova did get a win over Errani in Wuhan last year, 6-1 3-6 6-1. Errani’s not played a great deal so i’d take Strycova in a tight two setter. This will be a noteworthy match for Strycova after she suffered early losses in Doha and Dubai.
Konta d. Watson in 2 sets – First match in a while for Konta – I don’t see Watson having the weapons to upset her though.
Garcia d. Rodina in 2 sets – Taken aback by Rodina’s 6-1 6-0 win over McHale in the first round but sticking with Garcia.
Vinci d. Brengle in 2 sets – I’m intrigued to see how Vinci deals with Brengle’s lack of pace. This will be a first career match-up so nothing to go on. My hunch is that Vinci will be able to deal with it her bundles of variety…. confidence level is low haha!
Kuznetsova d. Larsson in 3 sets – Another first time match-up… a slight nagging feeling that Larsson could bag an upset here. Kuznetsova hasn’t played in over a month but she has been rock solid in her opening matches of tournaments for almost a year now. Larsson looked decent against Giorgi in the first round.
WTA Indian Wells R2 Polls for Friday
WTA Indian Wells R1 Predictions for Thursday
Day 2 – 7/13
Osaka d. Ozaki in 2 sets – Ozaki won their only previous match back in 2014, 7-5 in the third set. I don’t think Osaka has quite found her rhythm yet in 2017 and this will be just her fourth tournament of the year, but I see her getting the win.
Barthel d. Siniakova in 3 sets – The two qualifiers I was most excited for have drawn two of the toughest placements in the draw! This should be a very interesting match, Siniakova has struggled to build on her title in Shenzhen, while Barthel has been racking up the wins coming through qualifying tournaments.
Townsend d. Linette in 3 sets – More encouraging signs from Townsend this year, a winnable match for sure.
Goerges d. Tomljanovic in 2 sets – Tomljanovic’s shoulder was heavily strapped in pictures from practice, hopefully just precautionary. Goerges has been competing well in 2017 and has won four of her five three setters in 2017. I think Goerges’s superior match fitness will be a factor.
Davis d. Golubic in 2 sets – Golubic won their last match rather handily in Cincy last year but i’d feel like a fool to ignore recent form where Davis has been consistently posting excellent results.
Bouchard d. Beck in 2 sets – It’s been a complete mixed bag from Bouchard this year. She rebounded well between Brisbane and Sydney so i’m guessing she’ll deliver a much improved performance compared to Acapulco. Bouchard has the firepower to overwhelm Beck as she showed in their last match in New Haven which she won, 6-2 6-1.
Riske d. Vekic in 3 sets – Slightly baffled by Vekic getting a wildcard over a player like Peng who had to go through qualifying. Vekic beat Riske in their only previous match in a drawn-out three setter in Kaohsiung last year. I’d fancy another tight match…
Makarova d. Sorribes-Tormo in 2 sets – SST has done well to qualify but I don’t see Makarova having any troubles in this match-up.
Peng d. Tsurenko in 3 sets – One of the best first round matches and it includes the qualifier, Peng. Tsurenko is coming off the win in Acapulco while Peng is already up to 10 match wins this year. Peng thumped Tsurenko recently in Dubai, 6-1 6-1 but i’d expect a closer match in different conditions. I see Peng as a dark horse in this draw to potentially take out a few seeds if she’s fit and healthy (she did withdraw from Kuala Lumpur last week)..
Jankovic d. Falconi in 2 sets – Jankovic outside of the world’s top 50 just doesn’t feel right! She always seems to play well at IW so that’s enough for me in this match-up despite an inconsistent start to 2017.
Rogers d. Brady in 3 sets – This will be an intriguing match as Brady leads the head-to-head, 2-0 with wins last year in Charlottesville (3-6 6-2 6-3) and Indian Harbour Beach (7-6(1) 6-2) on the ITF circuit. Rogers has won a match at every tournament she has played this year but only won back-to-back matches once in 2017. Acapulco was Brady’s first tournament since her breakthrough run at the Australian Open where she fell at the final round of qualifying. I’m going against the H2H as i’ve liked the way Rogers has played this year.
Shvedova d. Lepchenko in 3 sets – A coin toss, never played before. Shvedova still hasn’t won a match this year but competed well against Puig in Dubai a few weeks ago. The win has to come sometime soon!
Parmentier d. Dodin in 2 sets – More confidence in Parmentier in these conditions despite Dodin leading the head-to-head, 2-1.
Petkovic d. King in 3 sets – I’ve gone back and forth with this match. King is a very resourceful player but the H2H (last match-up in 2014) and her recent form has swung it the other way. I like Petkovic but she does makes me nervous!
WTA Indian Wells R1 Predictions for Wednesday
Day 1 – 11/16
Puig d. Collins in 2 sets – An ideal opener on paper for Puig against the 23-year-old, Collins, who has played just two matches at tour level at the US Open in 2014 and 2016.
Chirico d. Schiavone in 3 sets – On the fence… Chirico won their only previous match in 2015 in Limoges. Chirico has lost her last five matches on tour and has looked way below her best. Schiavone hasn’t been great so far this year but produced two battling wins in qualifying, coming from a set down to beat both Kozlova and Kostova. Chirico has to get that first win somewhere and this is likely to be her best shot so far. Schiavone’s scrappiness and heart on court could make this very interesting.
Bencic d. Pironkova in 2 sets – I’m still concerned about aspects of Bencic’s game but there is no doubt that she has been dealt some rough draws this year. I don’t think the conditions at Indian Wells suit either Bencic or Pironkova’s game – Pironkova has never made it past the second round at Indian Wells in 11 previous attempts. This is a decent first round draw for Bencic as she has won all three previous matches against Pironkova and I think she’ll get a confidence-boosting win in this one.
Niculescu d. Cirstea in 2 sets – I’m surprised to see Cirstea playing this tournament after she posted on social media recently about needing to rest a wrist injury. Niculescu leads the head-to-head, 4-2 and I think she’ll be too tricky and solid for Cirstea to break down.
Wang Qiang d. Bondarenko in 3 sets – Two pretty solid baseliners here and difficult to pick a winner. I’ve gone for Wang based on recent form and having seen Bondarenko be a little shaky in the crux moments this year.
Siegemund d. Wickmayer in 3 sets – Expecting a feisty clash with this one in a first career match-up. I think this is the first time i’ve gone for Siegemund to win a match this year! Not much insight, just feeling that Siegemund might scrap her way into the second round.
Day d. Nara in 2 sets – A bit of a risky pick because Day is very inexperienced. At 17 years old, Day is a talented prospect and I think she might take advantage of this wildcard opportunity. Nara has won just two matches in 2017.
Bellis d. Flipkens in 2 sets – I really like Bellis at the moment in her position of being new to the tour and players not having the experience of having played her. She’s young, ambitious and has been mentally sound in her brief flutters on the main tour so far.
Ostapenko d. Kovinic in 2 sets – Ostapenko beat Kovinic, 6-2 6-2 last week in Acapulco and Kovinic has been majorly slumping so far in 2017 with five straight set losses in a row. I don’t trust Ostapenko yet so while i’ve gone for straight sets, i’m wary of this one as there have been many examples of where match-ups have flipped without any warning on the WTA tour.
Kr. Pliskova d. Mattek-Sands in 2 sets – Mattek-Sands is having a much better start to the year in singles compared to 2016. Still, i’ve been encouraged by Kr. Pliskova’s start to the year and I think she is competent enough to overturn a previous loss to BMS in Dubai from 2014.
Kontaveit d. Doi in 3 sets – After an injury-affected start to the year, Kontaveit has found some momentum quite quickly by qualifying for the main draws of both Budapest and Indian Wells, as well as winning a $60k ITF event. This pick is mostly based on matches in these conditions and having always been impressed with Kontaveit’s game. Doi has struggled to string wins together so far in 2017.
Minella d. Errani in 3 sets – The qualifier matches are really tricky! Normally i’d instantly go for Errani in this type of match-up with the Italian having won all three of their previous matches in straight sets. However, Errani has been sidelined with injuries and is now ranked outside of the world’s top 100! Add to that, Minella is building together a strong year. I’m worried about whether Errani is up to the task after such a stop-start to the year, otherwise I think this is a match-up and court that suits her game.
Watson d. Gibbs in 2 sets – Watson has only played two tour level tournaments this year and both have ended with tough three set losses. Gibbs’s two main draw wins this year both came at the Australian Open. I felt quite decisive in picking Watson.
McHale d. Rodina in 3 sets – I have a fear that this one of *those* match-ups that McHale could be flummoxed by. Rodina won their only previous match, 6-1 5-7 6-0 in Tianjin at the end of 2016.
Maria d. Brengle in 3 sets – Maria has won all four previous encounters and has matches under her belt from qualifying. Still, on the fence with this match as Brengle has been picking up the wins so far this year. Maria won the Midland ITF event a few weeks back.
Larsson d. Giorgi in 3 sets – Toss-up, impossible to call Giorgi who retired from her last match in Doha. Larsson has dealt with injuries and illness this year but got through Doha and Dubai unscathed.
WTA Indian Wells R1 Polls for Wednesday and Thursday
WTA Indian Wells WWW Poll
WTA Indian Wells Full Draw Predictions
Export taken from Tennis Draw Challenge predictions