Aryna Sabalenka vs Barbora Krejcikova Indian Wells 2023 Preview and Prediction

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Aryna Sabalenka will have the opportunity to avenge her only loss of the year when she takes on Barbora Krejcikova for a spot in the fourth round at Indian Wells. The Czech made a huge comeback to win in Dubai against the No.2, taking it 0-6 7-6 6-1. It was her first win in this matchup having lost the last two in 2021.

Sabalenka will be well rested coming into this one after Lesia Tsurenko’s withdrawal from their match. Any suggestion that her motivation is gone after finally winning a slam was swiftly dismissed by the Belarussian following her opener against Evgeniya Rodina. “After this huge win, it’s easier to go on court, more than after a tough loss. I feel more motivated. I feel like I want to get more wins. It wasn’t that tough for me.” she said.

Krejcikova has followed up her Dubai title with another couple of wins to move to eight in a row. Her latest against Xinyu Wang wasn’t the prettiest but she will be happy to have got through even if it needed three sets for her to progress. It will be something she is used to as a dominant doubles player but she will be coming into this match with a well rested opponent with a lot of time on court, having added another two doubles matches to her playing schedule so far.

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This feels like the perfect spot for Krejcikova to pick up another big win and further establish herself as someone who can be challenging at slams again. The French Open champion is far more at home on these slow courts and is playing well enough to frustrate Sabalenka into making enough errors, even if the second seed is a much improved player this year.

Prediction – Barbora Krejcikova in three sets

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Aaron Higgs
Aaron Higgs
Experienced tennis writer with a focus on event previews and results.

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