Emma Raducanu v Danka Kovinic | H2H & Match Fundamentals
The battles continue for Emma Raducanu. Recurring injuries, freak injuries and now recovering from tonsillitis all mean that her continuing preparation for a sustained life on the tour gets knocked back. She will face Danka Kovinic in her opener.
Emma Raducanu v Danka Kovinic
H2H: Kovinic leads 1-0
WTA Indian Wells
Prize Money: $18,660
Second on Stadium 1, not before 12:30pm (8:30pm GMT)
While Kovinic started her year strongly with the Auckland semi-final, and the Lyon quarter-final, she has struggled to keep that progress consistent week on week, most recently losing to Heather Watson in the opening round in Austin.
However, she does have more match time in her lags than Raducanu, who has not played since the Australian Open, where she went out in an albeit entertaining match against Coco Gauff.
It feels like she just cannot catch a break, now adding a recurrence of the wrist injury that flared up last year, but she is rightly being cautious, having pulled out of the Eisenhower Cup exhibition match, and cancelling training sessions.
Playing Styles & Prediction
Raducanu’s naturally aggressive game would usually make her a front-runner. Her athleticism and ability to strike the ball early on the rise can make her a relentless opponent. Kovinic has had to learn to be more patient in her game, and it has paid off by and large, and she has the edge coming into this encounter.
The fact she has played more gives her stats a little more edge, especially when it comes to converting and saving break points, but even allowing for the few matches that Raducanu has played, she still comes off better in her return game stats – and that should give her hope that she can hang in there for a bit of a fight.
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