Azarenka vs. Watson
The two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has been awarded a wild card into the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The former world No.1 had to give up her participation in the Australian Open earlier this season due to an ongoing custody dispute over her son. For that reason, Azarenka can’t leave the state of California but since Indian Wells is located in the Californian desert, the 28-year-old is able to compete on this event.
Heather Watson hopes to rediscover top form in Indian Wells. Despite her undeniable quality, the world No.70 lost all her last four official encounters on the WTA Tour. Nevertheless, playing in the Californian desert brings good memories to Watson with the player born in Guernsey reaching the 4th round in 2015. Adding to this, Watson reached at least the second round in all her last four appearances on this event.
This will be the 7th career meeting between these two players with Watson still looking for her first victory against this opponent.
As the h2h suggests, the Belarussian is a terrible match-up for Heather. Despite Azarenka’s long absence, it’s impossible to ignore her brilliant career record on this event. On the other hand, the two-time champion only lost one set in all her previous six encounters against the British No.2. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Azarenka to your betting picks at 57/100 at Pinnacle as the best betting approach for this contest.
Best Play: Victoria Azarenka ML at 57/100 at Pinnacle
Williams vs. Diyas
Serena Williams will make her first WTA Tour apperance since giving birth to her daughter at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Despite long absence, the 23-time Grand Slam champion is one of the main favourites to lift the trophy in Indian Wells. Adding to this, Williams played at a very good level in the Tie Break Tens tournament at Madison Square Garden. Taking a look now at Serena’s prior appearances at the BNP Paribas Open, the 36-year-old won 81.82% of the matches played on this event since the end of her Indian Wells boycott in 2015.
Zarina Diyas couldn’t have asked for a better way to end 2017. The played from Kazakhstan claimed her first WTA title at the Japan Open. Nevertheless, the last months haven’t been easy for Diyas with the 24-year-old winning only 50.00% of the matches since her victory in Tokyo. On the other hand, the high bouncing conditions in Indian Wells are far from ideal for Zarina’s aggressive playing style.
This will be the 3rd career meeting between these two players with Serena leading on the h2h by 2 – 0.
Looking now at the odd for this contest, the North-American is the undeniable favourite to win this match at 9/25 at William Hill while Pinnacle offers 47/20 for Zarina’s victory. Even though we agree with Serena’s favouritism, it won’t be easy for the former world No.1 to maintain a consistent level of play throughout the entire match. For that reason, our recommendation is for you to place a bet on the Over 20.5 at 19/20 at 5Dimes.
Best Play: Over 20.5 at 19/20 at 5Dimes