Serena Williams – Victoria Azarenka WTA Indian Wells 2019 – 08.03.2019 – Preview

Indian Wells’ BNP Paribas Open 2019 will be the first WTA Premier Mandatory in the New Year and, as such, one of nine major tournaments throughout the tennis season. No wonder then, that from the second round of the 31st edition of the women’s singles in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California it comes to an absolute blast of superlatives. With Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka bounce two women who have played three years ago only in the final overall victory among themselves. The Belarusian secured with a smooth 2:0 their second individual title in Indian Wells, with whom she earned the status of record winner shares with eight other ladies – including Serena Williams, who won their only two titles at the Indian Wells Masters in 1999 and 2001.

The two multiple Grand Slam winners are now, for the first time since the final of the BNP Paribas Open 2016, facing each other again, making it the first duel between the two athletes as mothers after continuing their tennis careers after baby break recent years. In the case of Williams against Azarenka the odds in the direction of the American local hero, who would like to crown in the golden autumn of her career love to become the sole record winner of Indian Wells. At least at Williams against Azarenka the tip is that the 37-year-old will take this difficult hurdle and move into the third round, very realistic.

Serena Williams – Statistics & Current Form
Current ranking in the world rankings: 10th
position in the seedling: 10.

Perhaps 37-year-old American Serena Williams would have been the sole record winner in Indian Wells – had she not boycotted the prestigious WTA Premier Mandatory for 13 years. First, the then stubborn allegation that there were match-fixing between her and sister Venus fed by the fact that the older Williams sister in the semifinal of the Indian Wells Masters 2001 2001 gave a few minutes after the start of the game due to injury. And then, in the ensuing finale, Serena was not only booed all the time but racially insulted by the audience. A spectator said he wished it was 1975 and they would skin it alive.

However, in 2015, Serena Williams returned to Indian Wells for the first time, which has since become an integral part of her tournament year, not least because of her motherhood and her old age for a high-performance athlete reduced to a few select tournaments. Thus, the 23-time Grand Slam winner, who continues to chase Margaret Court’s record and wants to clinch her 24th Grand Slam overall victory, is in Indian Wells for the second time only in 2019 in a WTA Tour tournament. Previously, she played next to the ITF-related Hopman Cup only at the Australian Open in 2019 and beat there after all last year’s finalist and world number one Simona Halep, before in the quarterfinals against Karolina Pliskova final was.

Now, after a bye in the first round at the end of the first week of the tournament, she intervenes for the first time and could hardly have drawn a more ungrateful opponent for the opening match. But it certainly will not be any easier, as the two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza would also be waiting for a real chunk in the subsequent third round. And after all: Although Indian Wells was also one of their hardest hours considering what happened in 2001, the old champion celebrated her than the very first major title in a tennis tournament here in 1999. No wonder that at Williams against Azarenka the odds are clearly in the direction of 37-year-olds.

Last matches of Serena Williams:
23.01.2019 – Pliskova vs.. Williams 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 (Australian Open)
21.01.2019 – Williams vs. Halep 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 (Australian Open)
19.01.2019 – Williams vs. Yastremska 6-2, 6-1 (Australian Open)
17.01.2019 – Williams vs. Bouchard 6-2, 6-2 (Australian Open)
15.01.2019 – Williams vs. Maria 6-0, 6-2 (Australian Open)

Victoria Azarenka – Statistics & Current Form
Current ranking in the world rankings: 48th
position in the seedling list: unset

29-year-old Belarussian Victoria Azarenka also enjoys coming to Indian Wells, where she has already scored two overall victories in 2012 and 2016 – three years ago with a smooth 2-0 win in the final over today’s second-round opponent Serena Williams. Since then, however, has changed a lot for the two-time Grand Slam winner, because Victoria Azarenka is just after their Indian Wells triumph, which they followed with the overall victory in Miami just two weeks later, the next major title, bringing the so-called “Sunshine Double” could complete, also went into a baby break. A baby break, which should, however, end with nasty Nachwehen. Because of the separation and the subsequent custody dispute with her then partner, the Belorussian was not allowed to leave the country.

Since then, Azarenka has indeed succeeded in returning to the top 50 in the WTA world ranking list, where she is currently in 48th position, but there was nothing more to be found. For almost exactly three years, the highly gifted player is thus without another individual title and is now again with a correspondingly weak balance in the important WTA Premier Mandatory to California. Her opening win in the first round over compatriot Vera Lapko was only her fourth single victory this year, which is already facing four defeats – including very bitter matches like the first round at the Australian Open, the same tournament she has won twice already the German outsider Laura Siegemund (WTA 110). In Auckland, she lost already 1: 2 against the big sister of Serena, Venus Williams. Although it would still push her halting comeback tremendous, really much speaks at Williams against Azarenka for a tip on the Belarusian admittedly not.

Last matches of Victoria Azarenka:
07.03.2019 – Azarenka Vs. Lapko 6-2, 6-3 (Indian Wells)
Mar 1, 2014 – Kenin Vs. Azarenka 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 (Acapulco)
28.02.2019 – Azarenka Vs. Maria 6-2, 6-1 (Acapulco)
27.02.2019 – Azarenka Vs. Collins 6-1, 6-2 (Acapulco)
30.01.2019 – Kvitova Vs. Azarenka 6-2, 7-6 (Saint Petersburg WTA)

Serena Williams – Victoria Azarenka –Head to Head Statistics
Head to head: 17: 4

Thus, the “head to head” comparison between the two long-term rivals is extremely one-sided. With 17 wins out of 21 duels only four games went to the Belarusians, but at least the last match won so far, as both ladies faced three years ago in the final of Indian Wells. Particularly explosive: All four victories of Victoria Azarenka go back to finals. So whenever they met in the course of a tournament, the American, who also has a good knack for big stages, has always prevailed. Ten times Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka faced each other in Grand Slam tournaments. In all ten comparisons, the old master won in the end.

Serena Williams – Victoria Azarenka, Indian Wells 2019 – Tip & Odds

Overall, there is very little evidence that Victoria Azarenka will reach her fifth victory in the 22nd duel with Serena Williams – the first women’s maiden meeting as mothers. Also, because the Belarusian has rarely been able to retrieve their full potential since their comeback. Only at the Miami Open in 2018, she reached semifinals at a major tournament. Otherwise, the majors finished in the third round at the latest – often, as in the Australian Open 2019, even in the first match.

Consequentially, Serena Williams vs. Azarenka is the tip on the victory of the American interesting. In addition, we provide here their final score with a small handicap to the betting odds not a bit to boost. The fact that in the overall result with 2.5 games deducted for a victory of the 37-year-old should be enough, the likelihood should not affect too much. After all, the bet would have already won with a close result like 7: 6 and 7: 5. Should a set be very clear, a match over three sets would still be very well covered? available. Also because of the little convincing performances of the Belarusian we play the handicap with seven units.

Tip: Serena Williams (-2.5 Games AH)