Day 6 of the 2021 WTA Indian Wells Masters will feature the remaining third-round matches. Ons Jabeur takes on Danielle Collins in what could be an underrated blockbuster, while Barbora Krejcikova might not have it easy against the ever-dangerous Amanda Anisimova. Who do you think will advance? We also predict the rest of the day’s matches in a separate article.
WTA Indian Wells Day 6 Predictions
Anna Kalinskaya vs Viktorija Golubic
Head-to-head: Golubic 2-0
Viktorija Golubic won this one in Monterrey earlier in the season, back when she was racking up wins like there was tomorrow. She seems back at it in Indian Wells though, taking out Marketa Vondrousova and Maria Sakkari in three-set battles. Anna Kalinskaya came from the qualies but played one of the matches of her life to eliminate Sara Sorribes Tormo. However, she seems significantly less likely to repeat that kind of performance than Golubic, who’s a much more experienced customer at this stage of big events.
Prediction: Golubic in 3
Ons Jabeur vs Danielle Collins
Head-to-head: Collins 1-0
This could be the underrated gem of the round. The conditions at Indian Wells probably suit Danielle Collins a bit better as she hits heavy enough to hit through the court and play her game. Ons Jabeur’s timing excels with a slightly lower bounce and quicker surface, but the Tunisian has been so excellent this year that’s she’s basically managed to succeed in every playing circumstances imaginable. Can the crowd give Collins a boost? Possibly as the American is very reliant on keeping herself pumped.
Prediction: Collins in 3
Karolina Pliskova vs Beatriz Haddad Maia
Head-to-head: Pliskova 1-0
Karolina Pliskova has been quietly putting up very impressive results recently, although she’s kind of lacking that extra punch with a title. Her second-round match against Magdalena Frech was off to a shaky start, but once the Czech got her rhythm, the match was over. Beatriz Haddad Maia is coming off a doping suspension and while she’s been dominant on the ITF circuit, she’s yet to make a huge impact on the main tour. She should improve on her 2018 Australian Open performance against Pliskova though (1-6 1-6 loss).
Prediction: Pliskova in 2
Barbora Krejcikova vs Amanda Anisimova
Head-to-head: First meeting
Perhaps it’s the experience of having won titles like that in doubles, but Barbora Krejcikova has managed to avoid the typical first Grand Slam hangover. The Czech is still playing high-quality tennis, although her second-round win over Zarina Diyas looked sloppy at times. Amanda Anisimova is such a talented prospect but her slight one-dimensionality and mental issues seem to be keeping her from truly excelling. The peaks are rare but her win over Camila Giorgi reminded us why she was so hyped a couple of years back. Maybe it’s recency bias, but if she can repeat that here then she could be able to produce the upset, taking advantage of the conditions that will make some of Krejcikova’s balls simply sit up for her to attack them.
Prediction: Anisimova in 3
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