Indian Wells Day 9: Value on Bencic to Take Down Pliskova

João Mourato

Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:20 AM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019 12:20 AM UTC

Join us for our daily coverage of the BNP Paribas Open with Belinda Bencic and Karolina Pliskova fighting for a place in the semi-finals in Indian Wells.

<h2>Belinda Bencic (23) vs. Karolina Pliskova (5)</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Check Bencic - Pliskova Betting Odds"><strong>Thursday, March 14, Indian Wells</strong></a></p><p>Belinda Bencic produced one of her greatest ever performances to take down defending champion and world No.1 Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-1 in just 65 minutes. The No.23 seed rediscovered her best form in 2019 and is currently riding an 11-match winning streak on the WTA Tour. Adding to this, Bencic claimed her third career title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship earlier this season and has yet to drop a set in this year’s edition of the BNP Paribas Open.</p><p>Looking now at Belinda’s draw on this event, the 22-year-old returns to action this Thursday against Karolina Pliskova. The former world No.1 survived a tough three-set clash against No.21 seed Anett Kontaveit to reach the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open for the fourth consecutive year. Pliskova fired 13 aces and won 70% of the points behind her first serve in a match that lasted little over two hours. Despite Karolina’s success in Indian Wells, the 26-year-old Czech has never made it past the semi-finals in the Californian desert.</p><p>The bookmakers are expecting a close encounter with Bencic as the slight favourite <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join William Hill &amp; Start Playing Today!">at 4/5 (1.80) with William Hill</a> while <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365 offers 11/10 (2.10)</a> for Pliskova to win this match. The Czech is one of the best servers in tennis history but she will have a very tough task on this contest against an outstanding counter puncher. Bencic showed how dangerous she can be against hard hitters in the previous round and she can do the same on this match. For that reason, our suggestion is to add Belinda’s moneyline to your betting tips as the best approach for this contest.</p>
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