Indian Wells champion Flavia Pennetta will look to rebound from a poor showing at the Sony Open when she meets Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm in the open round of the Monterrey Open in Mexico. This marks the first time they will meet on the tour, and one of the rare times that Pennetta will contest a match against a competitor over a decade older than herself.
Italy’s Flavia Pennetta is taking part in a sort of career renaissance in 2014, beginning at the Australian Open, where she reached the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champion Li Na. She would then lose in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to Venus Williams before arriving at Indian Wells, where she would take part in a dream fortnight culminating in a title win. The world No. 12 defeated a gauntlet of top competitors including Sam Stosur, Camila Giorgi, Sloane Stephens, Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska to eventually lift her 10th career singles title. She would unfortunately be unable to sustain the momentum the following week, as she lost in the second round of the Sony Open to Ana Ivanovic before arriving in Mexico for the Monterrey Open.
After failing to qualify for Indian Wells, 44-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm managed to work her way through the qualifying rounds in Miami, before losing in the opening round of the main draw to Croatia’s Donna Vekic. Her best performance this season came in the form of a quarter-final showing in Acapulco, and she will be looking to duplicate that effort at yet another Mexican event.
This marks the first time these two seasoned competitors will meet on the WTA tour. It will likely be an intriguing contest, with Pennetta eventually taking a straight sets victory to advance to the second round in Monterrey.
Prediction: Flavia Pennetta in Straight Sets