Belinda Bencic vs. Naomi Osaka
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 12, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Belinda Bencic and Naomi Osaka meet in the fourth round of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Belinda Bencic is coming off a straight sets win over Ekaterina Alexandrova that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Bencic won 62 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Bencic won 57 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her seven break points. Bencic continues this impressive hot streak, as she’s now won 10 straight matches and has produced a combined 12 breaks in her last four sets. This could be the best stretch of tennis we’ve seen from Bencic at this point of her career. Bencic hopes to make the quarterfinal of Indian Wells for the first time in her career. Bencic has 17 career wins over top-10 players and four of those have already come this year. Bencic has won 10 of her last 11 matches on outdoor hard court.
Naomi Osaka is coming off a straight sets win over Danielle Collins that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Osaka won 70 percent of her first serve points and 71 percent of her second serve points. Osaka won 70 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her nine break points. Osaka has won all four sets this tournament and her serve is back to being what we’re used to seeing. When Osaka is serving well and even piling up a few aces here and there, the rest of her game falls in line, and she can be damn near impossible to beat. Osaka hopes to win at least three matches in a single tournament for the fifth time in her last eight tries. Osaka also hopes to make a quarterfinal of a Premier Mandatory for the third time in her career. Osaka has won 11 of her last 13 matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have split the previous two matches, as Bencic won in the 2017 Hopman Cup and Osaka won in ITF play back in 2013. Both matches were decided in straight sets.
This should be one of the better matches of the tournament when you consider Bencic has taken her game to another level and has piled up the wins over top-10 players early in the year. Bencic is more than capable of putting a scare into Osaka and dragging this thing the distance. The problem is Osaka has the power edge and will take the racket out of Bencic’s hands at times. Osaka has also served well in her first two matches, and she rarely loses when those percentages are in the 70s.
Look for Osaka to reach the quarterfinals of Indian Wells.