WTA Indian Wells Day 1 Predictions Including Venus Williams vs Nao Hibino

Venus Williams in action ahead of the US Open.

There is a very exciting draw for the women’s singles in Indian Wells, despite five WTA players withdrawing from the event. An example of that is Venus Williams continuing her legendary career on day 1. Her match is one of four predicted in this article. We at LWOT also predict all the other WTA contests taking place on the first day in Indian Wells, including Danielle Collins vs Erika Andreeva. Who do you think will advance?

WTA Indian Wells Day 1 Predictions

Marie Bouzkova vs Sara Sorrbies Tormo

Head-to-head: Sorribes Tormo 2-1 Bouzkova

These two have played doubles together on many occasions, including as recently as this year’s Abu Dhabi Open a few weeks ago. Although Sorribes Tormo leads the head-to-head, Bouzkova won their most recent meeting in 2022. Expect many long rallies between two players who are adept at extending rallies in their singles matches. On a hard court, Bouzkova is the favourite. The slow conditions in Indian Wells might help Sorribes Tormo somewhat, but I do not think that will be enough for her to topple her doubles partner.

Prediction: Bouzkova in 2

Nuria Parrizas-Diaz vs McCartney Kessler

Head-to-head: First meeting

This is a great opportunity for both players to get a win at the WTA 1000 level, with each woman ranked outside the Top 100. Parrizas-Diaz came through qualifying, while Kessler was given a wildcard for the tournament. Kessler won her first Grand Slam main-draw match at the Australian Open this year. She then came close to beating the eventual quarterfinalist Linda Noskova in the next round. In front of home support in Indian Wells, she could find some extra inspiration to overcome her Spanish opponent.

Prediction: Kessler in 2

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Yulia Putinsteva vs Tamara Korpatsch

Head-to-head: First meeting

Putinsteva had an unsuccessful time during the Middle Eastern swing, where she lost in qualifying in all three tournaments she played in. By contrast, Korpatsch elected not to play during that swing at all and has not competed in a month. Therefore, both players could use a victory for different reasons. Overall, I think Putinsteva is more likely to get it. The slow conditions in Indian Wells will allow her time to wind up her groundstrokes, while the less powerful Korpatsch’s ball may sit up invitingly for her opponent.

Prediction: Putinsteva in 2

Venus Williams vs Nao Hibino

Head-to-head: First meeting

Venus Williams simply will not quit. Many thought retirement was imminent after a heavy first-round loss at the US Open last year. But the 43-year-old is playing her first match since that defeat in Indian Wells. Although it is hard to know what to expect from Williams, Hibino may not be a great matchup for her. The Japanese player is one of the least powerful players in the WTA Top 100. However, she is a very good mover and plays consistent tennis. At this stage of Williams’ career, it could be tough for her to last physically. More heroics from the seven-time Grand Slam champion is possible, but I think she will fall just short.

Prediction: Hibino in 3

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