Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams – top of the most experienced and clinical players on the tour – will face each other in the quarterfinal of the WTA Indian Wells Open on Thursday. The match will be played on March 14 and the match won’t be played before 5 pm local time (1 am next day BST). Get Angelique Kerber v Venus Williams live streaming options here.
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Angelique Kerber v Venus Williams Head to Head
Being two of the best players on the tour, it comes as no surprise to see that they have already met eight times before.
Kerber presently leads Williams by 5-3 of which, she won their last meeting in the 2018 WTA Sydney. However, if we are to consider their meeting only on the hard surface, Williams has won thrice while Kerber has been able to get onl two victories.
Kerber Finds her Form in Indian Wells
The season started on a dull note for Kerber will early exit in WTA Sydney and Australian Open. However, what might have stung her the most is her massive drop in the rankings – moving down from the No. 2 position to No. 8.
Even though she reached the semifinal in WTA Doha and third round in Dubai, the level of competition on the WTA Tour right now is far too intense and reaching the penultimate rounds every now and then may not cut it.
The reigning Wimbledon champion has a rather decent record in the BNP Paribas Open, reaching the semifinal twice here and most recently, reaching the quarterfinal in 2018. This season too, she has been quite impressive in the tournament, starting at the eighth seed and moving past Yulia Putintseva, Natalia Vikhlyantseva, and Aryna Sabalenka.
Venus Continues to Shine
Before coming to Indian Wells, Venus had participated in only two events – WTA Auckland and the Australian. She lost in the third round in both cases.
However, just like Kerber, Venus too has been rather impressive in the BNP Paribas Open. She was a semifinalist in 2017 and a quarterfinalist in the previous year’s edition. This time around too, Williams has made it to the quarterfinal without breaking a sweat.
Despite a tricky draw, she has performed superbly and is now primed to go the distance. In the second round, she defeated Petra Kvitova in her classical sense where she lost the first set and moved on to stage a comeback. After that, her job got a whole lot easy with Christina McHale and Mona Barthel standing in her way.
Kerber v Williams Predictions & Tips
Kerber’s recent struggles with her form are not something unknown. She has succumbed to many underdogs over the last year or so and has gone through bouts of rather shocking defeats. In a scenario like this, she can’t afford to make any mistake against Venus.
At the same time, the former World No. 1 isn’t as formidable as she used to be although, her impressive win against Kvitova should serve as a warning for the German. Moreover, with years of experience in winning major matches, she can very well knock out Kerber here.
Tip: Three sets in the match: (bet365)
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