Katie Boulter in the first round of the 2021 Miami Open, Florida, USA
Katie Boulter in the first round of the 2021 Miami Open, Florida, USA | (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Tennis | WTA Indian Wells 2022 | Boulter reaches the Indian wells main draw for the first time, and faces Paolini

By Ros Satar

  • Katie Boulter [Q] v Jasmine Paolini
  • H2H: Boulter leads 1-0 (ITF)
INDIAN WELLS, USA – Katie Boulter reaches the Indian Wells main draw on her third attempt, and faces Jasmine Paolini.

 

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Katie Boulter [Q] v Jasmine Paolini ¦ H2H: Boulter leads 1-0 (ITF)

The big question will be if Katie Boulter has recovered from the injury that came at the end of an eight-match winning streak, in Lyon last week, when she comes up against Jasmine Paolini.

 

H2H & Match Fundamentals

Katie Boulter [Q] v Jasmine Paolini H2H: First meeting
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Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022 – Hard)

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H2H: Katie Boulter (WR 127) Jasmine Paolini (WR 46)
Tournament Previous Best Qualification (2019, 2021) R3 (2021)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 36.5 40.9
Return Points Won % 43.2 45.2
Break Point Conversion % 48.8 43.9
Break Points Saved % 46.7 48.8
Total Points Won % 50.9 48.3

 

Despite the difference in the rankings, Boulter matches up quite closely to the Italian and has edged ahead in terms of converting her chances to break.

 

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Playing Styles & Prediction

Paolini’s counterpunching skills and speed around the court means she could give Boulter quite a bit to deal with – the Italian enjoys spinning out long rallies and drawing her opponents into errors.

Boulter’s more aggressive game will rely on solid serving but if the errors start creeping in, it could be an early exit.

Prediction: Paolini in three sets.

 

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