Karolina Muchova vs Victoria Azarenka Indian Wells 2023 Preview and Prediction


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The early rounds at Indian Wells aren’t loaded with classics but the matchup with Karolina Muchova and Victoria Azarenka could be a thriller if both players turn up. Prior to Iga Swiatek last year, Azarenka was the most recent player to complete the Sunshine Double of winning Indian Wells and Miami – doing so during her career renaissance in 2016 as opposed to her initial dominant run on the tour.

Muchova is still working her way back to the top after injuries across 2021 and 2022. She did however show promise in Dubai, beating Belinda Bencic on the way to the quarter finals before having to withdraw. She seemed to be fine on her return to the court though, toughing out a three set win against Yulia Putintseva to start her tournament here. She did have to come from 1-4 down in the decider though, going on to win five straight games to finish the match.

Azarenka is back in the Top 15 thanks to her surprise Australian Open run, picking up some impressive wins along the way. The Middle East swing wasn’t too productive for her but losses to Madison Keys and Belinda Bencic are nothing to be concerned about with both more than capable of playing at a Top 10 level. How the rest of the Belarussian’s year goes will be interesting to see, especially here and in Miami.

Muchova and Azarenka do play similar styles of smart tennis, looking to create angles and making advantage of their strong movement skills. It may well come down to who can be more consistent in their offering and that has to be seen as Azarenka right now, fitness permitting. A very winnable third round against Martina Trevisan or Madison Brengle awaits the winner of this one.

Prediction – Victoria Azarenka in straight sets

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