Current women’s World No.15 Angelique Kerber of Germany will take on Paula Badosa of Spain in the quarter-final of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Thursday, October 14. Get the live streaming options of this Angelique Kerber v Paula Badosa match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Angelique Kerber v Paula Badosa Head to Head
Kerber and Badosa have never featured in a head-to-head clash till date. However, considering that one is a three-time Grand Slam champion who has been rolling the years back with some sizzling tennis this season and the other a fast rising women’s star, an explosive contest is on the cards as they go against each other for the first time.
Kerber Hoping to Continue Sizzling Form
After following up on her title-run at the inaugural Bad Homburg Open with a semifinal finish at this year’s Wimbledon Championships, Kerber continued her sizzling run of form with another last-four showing at the Cincinnati Masters.
Taking her hot streak into the year’s last Grand Slam, the US Open, the current World No.15 got herself into the last-16 on a back of a contrasting run of wins. However, just when it was threatening to gain spurs and make her an unstoppable force, the German’s campaign was cut short by Canadian qualifier and eventual runner-up Leylah Fernandez.
While she suffered a rare, opening-round defeat at Ostrava at the hands of this year’s Cincinnati runner-up Jil Teichmann, it didn’t take long for the vastly experienced German to get back to winning ways.
Opening her Indian Wells campaign with a labored win over Czech star Katerina Siniakova, Kerber was stretched to three sets again by Russian Daria Kasatkina in her next but prevailed to set up a salivating last-16 clash against rising Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.
However, defying most pre-match estimates, the match turned out to be a lopsided affair as the German champion went beast-mode to race to a clear and comprehensive 6-4, 6-1 win.
Kerber next faces 27th-ranked Spaniard Paula Badosa, who already has a Tour title against her name this season and will take the confidence from three wins on the bounce into the quarter-final clash on Thursday.
It would be anything but an easy outing for the German as the Spaniard, on current form, would be a hard nut to crack.
Badosa Fuelling up for an Encore
Taking the hurt from a second-round exit at the US Open and a modest last-16 finish at the Ostrava Open, Badosa got off to a winning start at the Indian Wells Masters, surviving a mid-match collapse against Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine to prevail 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
The win saw her set up a second-round outing against American teen tennis sensation Coco Gauff. Wary not to surrender momentum to her opponent as she did in the opening round, Badosa started strong against 18-year-old Gauff and raced to a clear lead to bag the opening by a handsome margin.
Keeping up the heat on the American in the second set, the Spaniard had little trouble in closing out a facile 6-2, 6-2 win.
Bursting with momentum, Badosa produced scintillating tennis in the last-16 to take down reigning French Open champion, Czech star Barbora Krejcikova, 6-1, 7-5.
The back-to-back wins over two top rivals will have given her just the dose of self-belief that she needs to conjure a similar result against three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber in the quarter-finals on Thursday.
Kerber v Badosa Prediction and Tip
While ranking, experience and recent run of results will give Kerber a slight edge going into this quarter-final clash, Badosa will fancy an upset after stringing some wins together in previous rounds.