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Pliskova vs Bencic WTA Indian Wells QF predictions and betting tips

Andrew Hendrie 14 Mar 2019
  • Karolina Pliskova and Belinda Bencic clash in the WTA Indian Wells quarter-finals on Thursday
  • It's the first career meeting between the pair

  • Bencic is on a 11-match winning streak, with five of those victories coming against top 10 players

Belinda Bencic (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Karolina Pliskova vs Belinda Bencic WTA Indian Wells quarter-finals match preview, predictions and betting tips - Bencic on 11-match winning streak and going for another top 10 scalp…

Date: Thursday March 14
Start time: 11.00am local time (6.00pm GMT)
Court: Stadium 1

Pliskova vs Bencic predictions


Normally Karolina Pliskova would be the favourite in a Premier Mandatory quarter-final against a player younger than her and currently ranked outside the top 20 - but that’s not the case on Thursday as she prepares to take on the in-form Belinda Bencic.

Pliskova isn’t in the best of form right now, but she traditionally loves playing at Indian Wells, making the quarter-finals or better in her last three trips to the tournament, including semi-finals in 2016 and 2017.

The Czech had an excellent start to the season, winning the Brisbane International title and beating Garbine Muguruza and Serena Williams on her way to the Australian Open semi-finals, but her good form dried up in February as she lost in the quarter-finals of Dubai and was part of the Czech team that lost to Romania in Fed Cup.

By her own admission, Pliskova hasn’t been operating at her best level in Indian Wells, needing three sets to come through Misaki Doi and Anett Kontaveit, while she also beat unheralded qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure in straight sets. Pliskova is 11/10 @ BetVictor to end Bencic's winning streak.

Bencic meanwhile is in the form of her life right now, bringing an 11-match winning streak into this contest on the back of two Fed Cup wins for Switzerland over Italy, and more impressively, surging to the Dubai title the following week, beating four top 10 players - including Aryna Sabalenka, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova - to pick up the silverware in memorable scenes.

It brought back memories of Bencic’s stunning run to the Canadian Open title when she was still a teenager back in 2015, and the Swiss isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, extending her winning momentum for the loss of just 15 games this week, including a prized scalp of World No. 1 and defending Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka in the fourth round. The Swiss is 4/5 @ William Hill for another win.

Pliskova vs Bencic match stats


  • This will be the first career meeting between the pair
  • Bencic is on a 11-match winning streak
  • Five of those victories have come against top 10 players
  • Pliskova is looking to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals for the third time
  • Bencic is playing her first Premier Mandatory quarter-final

Pliskova vs Bencic betting tips


Bencic’s unbelievable run has got to end up some point, but she’s playing such amazing tennis at the moment that I don’t think I can bet against her in this match-up. With her confidence sky-high and her rock solid baseline game terrorising big hitters, she’s just an immovable object right now from the back of the court. Pliskova is going to need to serve at her best and execute almost perfectly with her more powerful groundstrokes if she wants to win this, but I don’t think her form is up to that level from what I’ve seen this tournament. Don’t be surprised if Bencic notches up win No. 12 on the bounce and makes the semi-finals.

Pliskova vs Bencic odds


Pliskova to win - 11/10 @ BetVictor
Bencic to win - 4/5 @ William Hill

Pliskova vs Bencic recommended bet


Bencic to win at 4/5 @ William Hill

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