Ashleigh Barty vs. Tatjana Maria
|Date & Time||Friday March 8, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Ashleigh Barty and Tatjana Maria meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Ashleigh Barty has had very little recent reps under her belt since her quarterfinal trip in the Australian Open, as she played two Fed Cup matches and that’s it. Barty has won 15 of her last 18 matches overall, so she’s red hot, but you have to question how the extended rest will impact her game. Barty has been hitting her spots with confidence and has cleaned up her unforced errors, two things that have been key during this winning stretch. Unfortunately, Barty is just 4-5 in career WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments, so we’ll see if she can turn that around. Barty has won six of her last eight matches on outdoor hard court.
Tatjana Maria is coming off a straight sets win over Magdalena Rybarikova that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Maria won 85 percent of her first serve points and 74 percent of her second serve points. Maria won 80 percent of her total service points and saved all three of her break points. Maria entered this tournament losing four of her last five matches, so a comfortable victory that took a little over an hour has to be good for the German. Maria has struggled dating back to the end of last year, but she gives herself a shot here if she’s capable of serving the way she did in her previous match. Maria has a chance to win back-to-back matches on the main tour since Mallorca back in June. Maria is won five of his last seven matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played three times and Barty and has won all three matches, including the most recent match in Charleston of last year. Two of the three matches went the distance, and this will be the first ever meeting on hard court.
If Barty was able to beat Maria on clay and grass, she should have even more success on hard court where she’s able to control the pace a bit more. Maria was nearly flawless in her opening match, but she’s had little to no recent success on the main tour overall, so it’s tough to back her with any confidence against a top tier player who enters this event as one of the hottest players on the women’s side.
Barty rolls in this match.