Belinda Bencic vs. Angelique Kerber
|Date & Time||Friday March 15, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Belinda Bencic and Angelique Kerber meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Belinda Bencic is coming off a three sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Bencic won 78 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. Bencic won 67 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her 16 break points. Bencic has now won 15 of her last 17 matches overall and has won seven straight matches that have gone the distance. As long as Bencic continues attacking her opponents serve and limit her unforced errors, she’s going to be a nightmare to deal with in this current form. Bencic hopes to make her second final appearance of the year and her ninth final appearance of her career. Bencic also has a chance to make her first career final appearance in a Premier Mandatory. Bencic has won won her last 10 matches on outdoor hard court.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Venus Williams that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 65 percent of her first serve points and 68 percent of her second serve points. Kerber won 66 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her 12 break points. Kerber eased into her second set quite nicely, dominating her first serve and giving herself eight break points. It hasn’t been the cleanest tournament for Kerber, but she’s found ways to get the job done even when not exactly playing her best. Kerber hopes to make her first final appearance since last years Wimbledon and her 29th final appearance of her career. Kerber also has a shot to make her first ever final appearance in a Premier Mandatory. Kerber has won seven of her last nine matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have split the previous six meetings, with Kerber winning the most recent match in this years Hopman Cup. Kerber has won the last three meetings against Bencic, and all six matches overall have been decided in six straight sets. While winning the first three meetings, Bencic hasn’t beaten Kerber since the 2016 Fed Cup.
There’s no reason to pick against Bencic with the way she’s started this season, winning an insane amount of matches against top tier players and really growing up before our eyes. Bencic mentioned that playing with Roger Federer in the Hopman Cup really helped her grow as a player, and it’s shown up to this point. Kerber has been shaky in her last couple of matches and honestly should have lost to Aryna Sabalenka if we’re being honest.
Bencic reaches the biggest final of her career.