Mladenovic vs. Wozniacki
|Date & Time||Thursday March 16, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Mladenovic +240 / Wozniacki -290 -- Over/Under:
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Caroline Wozniacki and Kristina Mladenovic meet Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Indian Wells Masters.
Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a straight sets win over Madison Keys that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 71 percent of her first serve points and 63 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki continues to look like Wozniacki of old, as she’s dropped a combined 15 games in her first three matches and has won nine of her last 11 sets overall. Wozniacki is winning a great deal of her return points, serving well and the confidence is growing and growing as she inches closer to a top-10 ranking. In her current form and with the remaining draw, Wozniacki has to be the favorite to win the Indian Wells Masters. Wozniacki has won 12 of her last 14 matches on hard court.
Kristina Mladenovic is coming off a straight sets win over Lauren Davis that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Mladenovic won 70 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Mladenovic is also playing well in this tournament, as she’s dropped just 17 games in her first three matches and has won 11 of her last 14 sets overall. Mladenovic finds herself ranked 26th in the world, which is the highest for her career at 23 years old, and it could only be the beginning if she can keep playing this consistent tennis. Mladenovic has also won her last three quarterfinal appearances, which includes her recent performance in the Mexico Open. Mladenovic has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.
These two have played three times in the past and Wozniacki has won all three meetings. The most recent match was in Hong Kong in 2016, a match Wozniacki won in three sets. Every match has been on hard court.
Mladenovic may be worth a look given her current form not just in this tournament but overall. She’s enjoying her best stretch of tennis in her life and has won no less than 54 percent of her return points in each of her three matches. But as well as she’s played, Wozniacki has been just as good and has been a nightmare on the returns. Wozniacki is looking like the player before her nasty slump in the rankings and is someone you can’t fade right now.
I like Wozniacki to win this match and the tournament overall.