Long Match Expected Between Bencic And Kerber In Indian Wells

Friday, March 15, 2019 10:25 AM UTC

Friday, Mar. 15, 2019 10:25 AM UTC

The action continues in the Californian desert with Belinda Bencic and Angelique Kerber fighting for a place in the final of the BNP Paribas Open.

Belinda Bencic (23) vs. Angelique Kerber (8)

Friday, March 15, Indian Wells
Free Tennis Pick: Over
Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Belinda Bencic extended her winning streak to 12 matches after a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova in two hours and 16 minutes. The former world No.7 struggled with physical problems in the last three years but rediscovered her best form in 2019. Despite facing one of the best servers in tennis history, Bencic crafted 16 break point opportunities and won 43.86% of the points played on Pliskova’s serve. Regardless of this Friday’s outcome, the 22-year-old Swiss is guaranteed to return to the Top 20 next week for the first time since August 2016.

Bencic will next take on Angelique Kerber for a place in the final of the BNP Paribas Open. The 31-year-old German continued her quest for a first BNP Paribas Open title with a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory against Venus Williams in the quarterfinals. Known as one of the best returners in the game, Kerber broke serve three times and won 61.54% of the points played on the American’s second serve. The No.8 seed is trying to end a 22-year drought and become the first German player to lift the trophy in Indian Wells since Steffi Graf in 1996.

This will be the fifth official meeting between these two players on the WTA Tour. Bencic leads 3-1 in their head-to-head but Kerber won their most recent encounter in Wimbledon last year.

Looking now at the odds for this contest, the sportsbooks are well aware of Bencic’s previous success over this opponent with the Swiss as the slight favorite at -115 with 5Dimes. Despite Belinda’s incredible results in recent weeks, Kerber is one of the toughest competitors in the game. The German has also been a great investment throughout her career when priced above even money, which makes her tennis betting odds at +105 with Bookmaker an interesting line for this contest. On the other hand, the Over 21 Games at -118 with Pinnacle is also a good betting approach in a match between two of the best players in the world

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