2019 Indian Wells - WTA Premier Mandatory - General Discussion

Who will gains the title?


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#8 Kerber wins 5 straight games to knock out #9 Sabalenka.

Angie notches her first top 10 win in 2019 over Sabalenka and is into the QF where she’ll play Venus.
 
Indian Wells QF’s:

#23 Bencic v #5 Pliskova
Venus v #8 Kerber
#20 Muguruza v (WC) Andreescu
#6 Svitolina v Vondrousova
Looking like we could get some brilliant SF’s:

Dubai champ (Bencic) or Brisbane champ and a former #1 (Pliskova) v 7x slam champ (Venus) or 3x slam champ (Kerber)

2x slam champ (Muguruza) v Singapore champ (Svitolina)
And you’ve also got the 2019 tour leader of match wins (Andreescu) and Halep conqueror (Vondrousova) in the mix.
 
Svitolina being no. 1 would be a joke. I really hope that doesn't happen absent her winning Paris.

I'm still shocked by Naomi.
Why she is quality on and off the court she has beaten everyone, always gives it 100% she would be a fair no1. I am not one who thinks the slams are the be and end all, for many reasons not least TV dictates over fair competition.
 

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There was some SERIOUS drama last night with Sabalenka and her coach. She called for her coach he came down after she lost the first set 6-1 and she asked if he would support her. He said no. She went on a hellfire streak of playing after that interaction in the second set. Unfortunately she lost the third 6-4. Not sure what’s going on there. They usually have a good dynamic and relationship on the courts.
 
I always enjoy watching Svitolina play, it’ll be a tough road, but I hope she wins it all.
If she is fully fit she should make the final, with the winner of Bencic/Pliskova probably. Getting through a couple of close matches will help her, after losing some winning positions recently. Strapping round the knee is a worry though not just here moving forward as well. Knee trouble tends to not just go away.
 
There was some SERIOUS drama last night with Sabalenka and her coach. She called for her coach he came down after she lost the first set 6-1 and she asked if he would support her. He said no. She went on a hellfire streak of playing after that interaction in the second set. Unfortunately she lost the third 6-4. Not sure what’s going on there. They usually have a good dynamic and relationship on the courts.
It actually was a decent interaction in hindsight. It motivated Sabalenka immensely who held to love in the next game after the interaction and she actually m won 6 of the next 9 games to lead 4-1 in the 3rd.
She called him down again in the third set when she was broken and they had a good interaction and he said ‘want to prove you’re a champ? Nows the time to do it’ and they hi 5ed or he patted her on the back.
 
Bianca Andreescu is lights out against Murguzura, 6-0, 6-1! Never seem such a dominant one sided match other then a ladies 2.0 playing a men top 5 like Rafa or RF!
 
Muguruza losing 0 and 1 to a wildcard after knocking out back to back top 10 players in Serena and Bertens just about sums her up her career.

For god sakes, fire Sumyk.
 
She will still see this as a productive result unfortunately.

Listening to her talk about her ranking is also a bit revealing. She thinks she can beat anybody and says the ranking doesnt necessarily matter, but she's ranked there because she isnt beating the stronger players.

I dunno. I still sometimes jokingly think that if she needs somebody to yell at or take anger out on I would volunteer. That's all sam seems to be good for at this point. When I heard the Osaka coaching news my first thought was that Garbo should grab sascha but I don't think that's going to happen.

Crappy result ends a crappy day. I'm tired and want to sleep.
 
Has a star been born?
We will see. Pretty much the stars truly born after they win Premier Mandatory or 5 when they are relatively young and breaking through. Bencic (Not Dubai but Canada) and Osaka are prime example. Kasatkina was making final last year but we can't say that she's a star.

Would love to see Vondrousova win her match making sure a teenager will be in the final.
 
This is obvious what Osaka needs to work on. She was consistently getting beat on Backhand to Backhand exchanges,, with both Bencic and Collins yesterday. #1 player in the world is getting beat on backhand exchanges consistently against top backhands in the WTA. That is NOT good
That is all well and good but Bencic has been troubling players with how early she takes the ball. This was already evident in Dubai. I feel the forum is somewhat incredulous towards her results because her past performances did not suggest she was capable of this. But it may be that she has turned the corner now and it's all come together.
 
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