Venus Williams vs. Christina McHale
|Date & Time||Monday March 11, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Venus Williams and Christina McHale meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Venus Williams is coming off a three sets win over Petra Kvitova that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 59 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points. Venus won 60 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 10 break points. Venus had another subpar serving performance but found a way to win, and she continues to do this time and time again. Venus is fresh off a win over arguably the hottest player on the women’s side, so who knows what she’s capable of moving forward. Venus hopes to win three straight matches for the first time since Miami last March. Venus has won six of her last eight matches on outdoor hard court.
Christina McHale is coming off a three sets win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, McHale won 60 percent of her first serve points and 38 percent of her second serve points. McHale won 55 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 14 break points. McHale has to be more consistent with her serve if she hopes to move forward, but her return has been on point, as she’s produced a combined 13 breaks in her first two matches. That’s a formula that could get McHale over the hump on the big stage. McHale has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since Tokyo in 2017. McHale has won five of her last six matches on outdoor hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
I’ve picked against Venus many times due to her poor serve, and she still finds ways to win. This should be an easier match when you consider McHale hasn’t had any main tour success to speak of these last couple of years and for the first time won’t have the crowd on her side despite playing on American soil.
Venus matches are never easy, but she should win at the end of the day.