Try our tennis pick for today: Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs Caroline Wozniacki at WTA – SINGLES: Indian Wells (USA), hard.
These two players met once in the US Open 2014 when Wozniacki defeated Sasnovich in straight sets and made her way to the final. Since then, Sasnovich has matured a lot and become a much more rounded player. But the world #2 will still be a big favorite to seal her last 16 spot.
Caroline Wozniacki News
The world #2 Caroline Wozniacki initiated her Indian Wells campaign with a 6-4 6-1 win over Lara Arruabarrena. Despite the straight-forward looking scoreline, Wozniacki had to grind her way to win in an hour and 27 minutes, especially in the first set.
Wozniacki has played a couple of tournaments since the Australian Open – at St. Petersburg, few days after winning the slam at Melbourne, where she was mentally fatigued and defeated by Kasatkina, and at Doha where a streaking Kvitova edged past her in the semifinal.
The Dane is the 2011 champion of the Indian Wells. That Premier Mandatory title until last year’s WTA Finals was her career’s biggest achievement. Seven years ago, she defeated Azarenka, Sharapova, and Bartoli on her way to conquering the title.
She has also been the runner-up of this tournament two more times as well, in 2010 and 2013, when she lost to Jankovic and Sharapova, respectively.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich News
Aliaksandra Sasnovich has entered her career’s first Premier Mandatory third round stage by defeating Magda Linette and Anett Kontaveit in the early rounds.
While Sasnovich, who had defeated Kontaveit earlier this year at Brisbane, repeated that result in straight sets, it was her opening match against Linette which was particularly grinding. The first round match concluded just four minutes shy of the three-hour mark.
Sasnovich started the year with a dream run to her career’s first Premier final at Brisbane. But after playing 18 sets spread over seven matches before the final that week, she fell quickly to Elina Svitolina, 2-6 1-6.
Since the Australian Open, Sasnovich has stumbled in the next two events. She suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Antonia Lottner in the Fed Cup, and had a quick second round exit at Budapest against Petra Martic, despite winning the first set.
Tennis Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki corect score 2-0 SET