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Kerber vs Bencic WTA Indian Wells semifinal predictions & betting tips

Hannah Wilks 15 Mar 2019
  • Dubai champion Bencic on 12-match winning streak dating back to Fed Cup
  • Kerber is 0-2 in Indian Wells semifinals and hasn’t reached a final since Wimbledon
  • Kerber vs Bencic live stream available – watch and bet on WTA Indian Wells tennis at bet365 
Belinda Bencic is on a 12-match winning streak (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Angelique Kerber vs Belinda Bencic WTA Indian Wells 2019 semifinal match preview, predictions and betting tips here – Bencic has won 12 straight matches and owns a 3-1 head-to-head vs Kerber, is there anything the German left-hander can do to avoid defeat?

Date: Friday 15 March 2019

Start time: 9pm local/3am GMT

Court: Stadium 1

Kerber vs Bencic predictions

Belinda Bencic is back, and might just be better than ever, better than she was when she became the youngest player since Martina Hingis to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal, better even than her run to the Toronto title in 2016: That’s been the message of February and March. Not only has the Swiss starlet won 12 straight matches, starting with Fed Cup, incorporating her run to a second Premier-5 level title in Dubai and now her Indian Wells semifinal appearance, but fully half of those matches have been wins over top-10 players, most recently defending champion and world no. 1 Naomi Osaka and then Karolina Pliskova, the fifth seed, in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open.

This is Bencic’s first time in the semifinals of a Premier Mandatory event like Indian Wells, but she’s played enough around this level that semifinal opponent Angelique Kerber can’t even rely on experience as a factor in her favour.

Kerber is trying to make her first final since winning Wimbledon in 2018, which was, frankly, the last time she looked particularly impressive. The German left-hander is 11-4 so far in 2019 and was quite lucky that ninth seed Aryna Sabalenka had a meltdown when leading in the deciding set to help her to her first top-10 win since Wimbledon last year, and Venus Williams was quite clearly compromised by injury as they faced off in the semifinals, with Kerber winning 7-6(3), 6-3.

Kerber vs Bencic match stats

  • Bencic leads the head-to-head 3-1 and has never lost to Kerber on hard courts
  • Bencic is on a 12-match winning streak and has won her last six matches with top-10 players
  • Kerber trying to reach her first final since Wimbledon last summer

Kerber vs Bencic betting tips

Given Bencic’s unbelievably good form of late, her 12-match winning streak, 6-match winning streak against top-10 players and 3-1 head-to-head against Kerber, it’s not that surprising that she’s the favourite for this semifinal clash at 4/5 @ bet365.

On Kerber’s side of the ledger, there’s the fact that she can feel like the slight underdog, which might help her to swing freely, and confidence-boosting wins for her against Sabalenka and Venus Williams which could help her to find her best tennis so far this year – she’s evens at Ladbrokes to get the win in the semifinals.

There’s also the fact that while the head-to-head is 3-1 in Bencic’s favour, and 3-0 on hard courts, Kerber has actually won the last three matches they’ve played in straight sets – at Wimbledon in 2018, and in the last two Hopman Cup finals, which don’t count in the official head-to-head as the tournament is an exhibition but is played with more seriousness than the term ‘exhibition’ usually suggests.

Kerber vs Bencic odds

Kerber to win – evens @ Ladbrokes
Bencic to win – 4/5 @ bet365 
Bencic -4.5 games – 40/17 @ Unibet

Kerber vs Bencic recommended bet

Bencic -4.5 games – 40/17 @ Unibet


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Kerber vs Bencic WTA Indian Wells semifinal predictions & betting tips

Angelique Kerber vs Belinda Bencic WTA Indian Wells 2019 semifinal match preview, predictions and betting tips here – Bencic has won 12 straight matches and owns a 3-1 head-to-head vs Kerber, is there anything the German left-hander can do to avoid defeat?

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