Caroline Garcia vs Angelique Kerber live streaming, preview and tips: Kerber out to make first Indian Wells quarterfinal in five years

Hannah Wilks in WTA 13 Mar 2018
  • Caroline Garcia faces former world no. 1 Angelique Kerber in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open
  • Garcia vs Kerber BNP Paribas Open tennis is live from Indian Wells on Tuesday at 8.30pm local/3.30am GMT
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at Unibet > sports > tennis
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Former world no. 1 Angelique Kerber looks to continue her renaissance as she faces Caroline Garcia for a place in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday.

Angelique Kerber vs Caroline Garcia BNP Paribas Open tennis is live from Indian Wells on Tuesday at 8.30pm local/3.30am GMT. Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at Unibet > sports > tennis  

Angelique Kerber, who hasn’t always thrived at the BNP Paribas Open, aims to make her first quarterfinal at Indian Wells for five years as she takes on seventh seed Caroline Garcia in Tuesday’s fourth round. 

Kerber’s match against Garcia will close out the night session on Tuesday as the 96-player field narrows yet further to the last 16 women standing, who will become eight quarterfinalists by the end of the day – just two seeds remain in the top half of the draw but it’s a different story at the Kerber-Garcia end, with the winner due to face either second seed Caroline Wozniacki or 20th seed Daria Kasatkina in the quarterfinals.

Indian Wells hasn’t been too good to Kerber in recent years – the German left-hander was a semifinalist in 2012 (losing to Victoria Azarenka) and 2013 (losing to Caroline Wozniacki), but hasn’t made it back to the quarterfinals since, losing her opening match for three straight years before reaching the fourth round in 2017 and losing to eventual champion Elena Vesnina in a listless display.

It was a totally different Kerber who took the court against Vesnina on Monday. Although not everything went her way – she led 4-0 in the first set before losing the next five games, only to break Vesnina when she served for the first set at 5-4 before having to recover from 0-40 in her next service game to lead 6-5 and giving herself a chance to break for the set, which she did – her degree of engagement in the match and competitive passion was plain to see. Under pressure in that crucial 5-5 game in the first set, Kerber produced unreturnable serves on three of the four break points, won the fourth with a forehand winner down the line and closed out the game after seven minutes with back-to-back big serves. 
‘She started playing much more aggressive and much better. I lost a little bit of my quality in my game, and then it was 4-5,’ Kerber said about the first set.  
‘I know that...every single match, every single point against her, [I have to play] my best tennis, because she is always trying to come back. In the second set it was 6-2, but it was very close, every single game. I was trying to stay in the match, and I think 5-5 was really important.’

After the subdued Kerber we saw on court for much of 2017 as the German, not really a lover of the spotlight, struggled with the increased expectation and pressure of trying to back up her sensational two-major 2016 season, the new and improved Kerber has been a delight. Now teamed up with Wim Fissette and back in the top 10 after winning her first 10 matches of the season to claim the Apia International Sydney title and reach the semifinals of the Australian Open, where she narrowly lost to Simona Halep, Kerber kept her momentum going with quarterfinal finishes in Doha (losing to Wozniacki) and Dubai (losing to Elina Svitolina).


Just as she turned the tables on Vesnina after a 2017 loss, Kerber will be hoping for more of the same as she takes on Caroline Garcia in the fourth round. 

As Kerber plummeted down the rankings in 2017, Garcia was rising and the two met each other on the way – at the Wuhan Open in September when Garcia, then ranked world no. 20, was beginning an unprecedented run of back-to-back titles in Wuhan and Beijing which would see her beat three top-10 players and surge into the top 10 herself, qualifying for the WTA Finals Singapore and reaching the semifinals of the season-ending championships.

It was an incredible run that had both been a long time coming for the talented Frenchwoman and seemed as if it was never going to materialize, and curiosity about whether or not she could back it up in 2018 was rife. So far the jury is out – it’s been a decent start to the season for Garcia, who made the round of 16 at the Australian Open (losing to Madison Keys) and quarterfinals in Doha and Dubai (losing to Garbine Muguruza both times), but not a sensational one. I was impressed by Garcia in the third round at Indian Wells, though, as she faced a player in Daria Gavrilova who had beaten her in all five of their previous matches and had to battle very hard and stay disciplined in a lengthy, edgy match for a 7-5, 6-4 victory.

‘It's going to be a good match, for sure. Kerber played little better this year than she played last year, and I think she's more aggressive,’ Garcia said. 
‘[It] is going to be a good match. ‘It's nice to have one day off and be able to practice between the matches, but tomorrow it's different, so I have to recover quicker tonight and be ready for my next match tomorrow.’

This will be the sixth match between Garcia and Kerber, with the German leading the head-to-head 3-2 having lost their first match (in Madrid in 2014) and their last match (the aforementioned Wuhan clash), although it’s worth noting that that Wuhan match was the only one they’ve played in the last two seasons. That was still an intense three-set battle, and this could be the same – Kerber is playing much more aggressively than she did in 2017, which will allow her to take Garcia’s attacking initiative away and get the French player on the run, but she didn’t serve very well against Vesnina and if Garcia is having a good serving day herself, that could make it much tighter. Ultimately, though, Kerber is so steady, playing so well and looking so ready to compete for the biggest titles again – it will take Garcia’s best tennis to win. 


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