Kicking off the action on Stadium 1 on Sunday at Indian Wells will be the in-form Petra Kvitova and Amanda Anisimova. Anisimova is one of the top young talents in the American system, already making a name for herself at the age of 16.
Anisimova made it as high as No.2 at junior level, making the French Open Girls final at the age of 14 and winning last year’s US Open event. She has proved herself perfectly capable at pro level already, winning often at ITF level. Her run to the third round here includes an emphatic win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, winning 6-4 6-1 against a far more experienced player.
Kvitova is in the midst of a 12 match winning streak, bouncing back after her disappointing first round loss at the Australian Open. She followed up her St Petersburg and Doha titles with a tough three set win over Yulia Putintseva to begin this tournament. Indian Wells has never treated the Czech well, with two lost quarter finals the best she has on her career record. “It’s kind of tough to explain, because it was really up-and-down,” Kvitova said afterwards. “My mental side wasn’t really tough, I have to say. It was always, like, a good point and I was up mentally, and then it was a bad point, and I was down. That was almost all match.”
Playing a feisty up and comer in the middle of day in Indian Wells heat is probably far from ideal for Kvitova, who served 18 double faults in the last round. Anisimova appears to show no nerves on the big stage as yet and will be eyeing a first top 10 win of her career.
Prediction – Petra Kvitova in three sets