Indian Wells Day 1: Azarenka to Prevail in All-Belarusian Affair

João Mourato

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 11:40 AM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019 11:40 AM UTC

Join us for our daily coverage of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with two-time champion Victoria Azarenka and fellow Belarusian Vera Lapko fighting for a place in the second round.

<h2>Vera Lapko vs. Victoria Azarenka</h2><p>Playing in Indian Wells brings back many happy memories to Victoria Azarenka. The former world No.1 is a two-time champion at the BNP Paribas Open and won 76.92% of the matches played throughout her career on this event. Azarenka has struggled for form in recent times but played some of her best tennis last week and made it to the quarter-finals in Acapulco. The 29-year-old is also one of the most experienced players on the WTA Tour and always a very dangerous player on the big stage.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Check Lapko - Azarenka Betting Odds">Azarenka will open her Indian Wells campaign against her fellow Belarusian Vera Lapko on Wednesday</a>. Lapko hopes to rediscover top form in the Californian desert after a disappointing start to the season. The former junior world No.1 is on a five-match losing streak and hasn’t won a match on the WTA Tour since her victory in the opening round of the Hobart International in January. Adding to this, Lapko will make her first appearance in the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open after losing in the qualifying last year.</p><p>Looking now at the odds for this contest, the bookmakers are expecting a straightforward win from Azarenka with <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join William Hill &amp; Start Playing Today!">William Hill offering 17/100 (1.17)</a> for the world No.48 to reach the second round. Despite Lapko’s undeniable quality, the 20-year-old will have a difficult task to overcome such a tough opponent as Azarenka on the high bouncing conditions in Indian Wells. The two-time Grand Slam champion is also a reference for the new generation of Belarusian players and is never easy for a young player to face her idol. For that reason, betting on <a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Azarenka’s -1.5 Set Handicap at 57/100 (1.57) with Pinnacle</a> is an interesting approach for this contest.</p>
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