German tennis superstar, Angelique Kerber had made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Indian Wells Open where she will play against Venus Williams from the United States.
Angelique Kerber won her previous match by beating a very strong player in Anya Sabalenka. Kerber lost the second set to Sabalenka but won the first and third sets to seal the overall win. During the win, Angelique Kerber was very strong while returning serve as she won 47% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 7 occasions. Kerber won 50% of her returning games and 69% of her service games to seal the overall win. It is important to note that Kerber didn’t serve at her best since she allowed Sabalenka to win 4 break points.
On the other side of the coin, Venus Williams has been turning the years back in this tournament as she has been playing exceptional tennis. Williams won her previous match in straight sets against Mona Barthel. During the victory, Venus Williams won 80% of her service game while breaking her opponent’s serve on 4 occasions to ensure a positive record. Playing in the United States has been an advantage for Venus as she has enjoyed the support of the home crowd which seems to be giving her a boost.
Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber have played each other 8 times in the past. Kerber has beaten Venus on 5 occasions while Venus has won against Kerber 3 times. The most recent match between these two players was 2018 at the Sydney International where Angelique Kerber won in 3 sets.
This will be a close match as both players are very accomplished but I am going to pick Kerber to win. Angelique Kerber is the stronger player in 2019 and she looks in very good form. Venus is past her best and I see her losing to a better player in Angelique Kerber.