The most interesting match on paper in the Women’s Singles quarter-finals at Indian Wells looks to be the one between Iga Swiatek and Madison Keys. The Pole is the current tournament favourite and in the midst of a eight match winning streak while Keys is a joy to watch when at her attacking best.
Keys eased through her last match, beating an improving Harriet Dart 6-1 6-4. A strong serving performance guided her with 81% of points won on first serve in addition to facing just one break point, which was saved. She will have been happy to get back to winning ways after two bad losses in Mexico following her Australian Open semi final.
Swiatek had to come from a set down for the third match running but this time it was not as one sided as the last two with the Pole eventually coming out on top 4-6 6-2 6-3 against Angelique Kerber. She fell a break down for 2-3, before fighting back in style with four straight games to win the match. “At the end I think I made the right decisions in the right time, in the right moments of the match. I’m pretty happy about that because in important moments in second and third [sets], I was winning points. That’s the most important thing.” she said afterwards.
Swiatek has beaten a number of big hitters during her winning streak, many of them quite comfortably. The Pole can match Keys for power and has been serving well but is still vulnerable to a Keys at her very best. Her losses to Jelena Ostapenko and Danielle Collins show she can still be dominated from the baseline against these sorts of players but the Indian Wells court should nullify some of the threat posed by Keys.
Prediction – Iga Swiatek in three sets