One of the most highly anticipated clashes of the day at the BNP Paribas Open sees 14th seed Ana Ivanovic face Camila Giorgi, in match between two powerful, yet erratic, opponents. This is scheduled to be the final match on Stadium 1, and the winner will face wild card Shelby Rogers or 18th seed Karolina Pliskova in the third round.
So Far In Indian Wells
As a seeded player, Ivanovic has yet to play in Indian Wells, though in practice she has seemed relaxed and ready to play. There have been some encouraging signs for the Serbian this season; it will be interesting to see how she plays here.
Giorgi had a difficult opening round on paper, but impressed as she eased past Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-2 in just over an hour. The Italian played well in that match and will certainly have a good opportunity against Ivanovic, if she continues to play at the same (or a better) level.
Ivanovic and Giorgi are two of the most exciting players to watch on the WTA Tour, though both can be extremely erratic. How consistent both women are today will probably be key in terms of the outcome of the match.
In her opening round match, Giorgi served at 52 percent; whilst that isn't an amazing figure, it is pretty good stat considering how poor her serve can be and considering that she also only hit four double faults, she'll be looking to serve at least as well against Ivanovic. The Italian must be careful to not make too many unforced errors, which she is also prone to, and should look to attack Ivanovic's game at every opportunity, especially on serve, where the former world number one can struggle with her toss and delivery.
Serving is certainly key for Ivanovic in any match she plays and, considering Giorgi's attacking game, must be careful to not give the Italian many opportunities to return on second serves. The Serbian should look to try and dictate play with her killer forehand and will also need to be striking her backhand well against the tricky Giorgi. Ivanovic should also try to get the Italian frustrated; if Giorgi begins to make a few mistakes, she could easily get annoyed and continue to make many poor errors.
The two have met once before, with Ivanovic beating Giorgi 7-5, 6-2 back in Tokyo last year. Considering that match was not that long ago, it may help the Serbian's confidence and give her some extra belief. In contrast, it may give Giorgi some extra motivation to beat Ivanovic today.
This should be exciting match and with both women having a similar playing style, it could be a long match with some long, fantastic rallies. Giorgi certainly has an opportunity here and it wouldn't be massive surprise if she was victorious, but Ivanovic, with her slightly stronger play, should be able to edge this.
Prediction: Ana Ivanovic in three sets