Wickmayer vs. Gavrilova
Yanina Wickmayer is trying to make up for lost time. Once considered one of the most promising young players on the WTA Tour, the former world No.12 is enjoying great success in 2018 with a terrific 73.33% winning record this season. Adding to this, playing in Indian Wells brings great memories to Wickmayer with the 28-year-old reaching the semi-finals in 2011. Taking a look now at Yanina’s campaign on this event, the Belgian reaches this stage of the competition after an impressive 6 – 3 6 – 2 win over Kayla Day.
Daria Gavrilova hopes to rediscover top form in Indian Wells. Despite her undeniable quality, the 24-year-old only won 50.00% of the matches played so far in 2018. Known as one of the best defenders in the game, Gavrilova is always a difficult opponent on any surface. Nevertheless, the Australian has been far from impressive on serve with the world No.26 winning only 60.80% of her service games this season.
These two players will face each other for the third time in their careers with Wickmayer still looking for her first win over this opponent.
Despite Daria’s lead on the h2h, it’s hard to ignore Yanina’s brilliant results in recent months. On the other hand, it won’t be easy for Gavrilova to find the answer to Wickmayer’s firepower on these high bouncing conditions. With this in mind, the value is definitely on the Belgian’s tennis betting odds at 7/5 at 5Dimes while Gavrilova is available at 67/100 at Pinnacle.
Best Play: Yanina Wickmayer ML at 7/5 at 5Dimes
Barthel vs. Svitolina
Mona Barthel couldn’t have asked for more on her 2018 BNP Paribas Open debut with an impressive 6 – 2 6 – 1 win over Veronica Cepede. Known as one of the most talented players on the WTA Tour, the 27-year-old seeks return to top form after a disappointing 2017. Looking now at Mona’s numbers on the previous round, the highlight definitely goes to her return to serve with the German winning 57.58% of the points played on Cepede’s serve.
Elina Svitolina continues her quest for a first ever title in the California desert. The world No.4 holds a brilliant 14 – 2 record in 2018. Adding to this, Svitolina became the third woman to defend the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship title earlier this season. Due to Elina’s incredible results in recent months, the 23-year-old is one of the main contenders to lift the trophy in Indian Wells.
This will be the 5th career meeting between these two players with Svitolina leading on the h2h by 3 – 1.
As the h2h suggests, Svitolina is a terrible match-up for the German. The bookmakers agree with us with Elina as the heavy favourite at 3/20 at 5Dimes while BetVictor offers 5/1 for Barthel’s victory. Due to the low price on the Ukrainian’s moneyline, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on Svitolina’s -5.5 Game Handicap at 3/4 at Pinnacle as the best betting approach for this contest.
Best Play: Elina Svitolina -5.5 Game Handicap at 3/4 at Pinnacle