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Venus Williams vs Barthel WTA Indian Wells live streaming, preview and tips - Resurgent Venus targets return to quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 12 Mar 2019
  • Venus Williams vs Mona Barthel is live from Indian Wells around 2.00pm local time on Tuesday (9.00pm GMT)
  • Venus has won all three of their previous meetings in straight sets
Venus Williams (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Seven-time major champion Venus Williams seeks a return to the Indian Wells quarter-finals on Tuesday when she meets unseeded German Mona Barthel in the Round of 16.

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Venus Williams attempts to continue her resurgent form at the BNP Paribas Open when she faces World No. 97 Mona Barthel in the fourth round on Tuesday.

Coming into the BNP Paribas Open without a win over a top 20 player in almost 12 months, Venus has found some of her best tennis as she looks to back up her run to the semi-finals last year, where she beat the likes of sister Serena, Anastasia Sevastova and Carla Suarez Navarro before going down in a quality three-setter against Daria Kasatkina. Venus began her campaign with a topsy-turvy three-set victory over former top 10 player Andrea Petkovic in the opening round before scoring her best win in over a year in the second, coming back from a set-and-a-break down to take out Australian Open runner-up Petra Kvitova by a 4-6 7-5 6-4 scoreline. Determined to avoid a third consecutive three-setter in the third round, Venus then came back from a break down twice in the second set against qualifier Christina McHale on Monday, closing out her countrywoman 6-2 7-5 to make the Round of 16.

The victory also helps Venus and her bid to remain in the world’s top 50 - she was down to No. 53 in the live rankings before the match as she is defending a truckload of semi-final points, but by virtue of reaching the fourth round, she’s up to a projected mark of No. 49. However, she can still fall out of it depending on other results from teenagers Bianca Andreescu and Marketa Vondrousova, who are both still left in the draw, and if she loses herself to Barthel.

After making Australian Open, Wimbledon and WTA Finals Singapore finals during resurgent 2016 and 2017 seasons, along with making it back into the top five, Venus would have been disappointed with her form last season, even considering the fact she’s well into the twilight of her career at 38 years of age. She didn’t make another semi-final for the remainder of 2018 after doing so in Indian Wells, but she’s had a promising start to 2019, making the third round of the Australian Open (losing to Simona Halep) and now with a great opportunity to make the Indian Wells quarter-finals this week.

Mona Barthel (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Mona Barthel has won back-to-back WTA matches for the first time since making the semi-finals of Tashkent in September, reaching the fourth round of Indian Wells for the second time in her career. Barthel first achieved the feat in 2013 when she beat Kiki Bertens and Ana Ivanovic before going down to Samantha Stosur, and she’s back in the Round of 16 again this year after registering a pair of impressive wins over top 20 players Madison Keys and Julia Goerges, beating both of them in three sets after grinding out another three-setter over Lin Zhu in the opening round.


Barthel has always been a tremendously talented player, hitting a career-high ranking of World No. 23 back in 2013 when she finished runner-up in Hobart and won the Premier-level Paris Open. However, inconsistency prevented Barthel from really pushing on from that point, while a mysterious illness that left her bed-ridden for almost two months contributed to a massive rankings drop in 2016, with the German slipping to as low as No. 190 in October of that year, winning just six WTA matches for the season. But after a big 2017 in which she made the Australian Open fourth round and won her fourth WTA title in Prague, Barthel was back into the top 50 by the end of that season.

However, inconsistency once again hindered Barthel in 2018 as she dropped out of the top 100 despite two semi-finals in Budapest and Tashkent, and although she’s made it back to No. 97, the German hadn’t given any indication of the run she was about to go on in Indian Wells, winning just two matches in the four tournaments she’s played in 2019.

Venus has won all three of their previous meetings in straight sets, including a last clash at the 2017 Australian Open, where of course she went on to finish runner-up. Both Venus and Barthel are streaky players these days, and they are each clearly in good form, which hopefully results in some great tennis on Tuesday. Barthel has gone on these types of mini-runs before, but she rarely goes on with the job, so if Venus can keep her unforced error count down and use the home crowd support to her advantage, she should be returning to the quarter-finals.


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Venus Williams vs Barthel WTA Indian Wells live streaming, preview and tips - Resurgent Venus targets return to quarter-finals

Seven-time major champion Venus Williams seeks a return to the Indian Wells quarter-finals on Tuesday when she meets unseeded German Mona Barthel in the Round of 16.

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