Indian Wells 2023: Elena Rybakina vs Karolina Muchova – Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina

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10th seed Elena Rybakina takes on world No. 76 Karolina Muchova in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Indian Wells on Thursday.

Elena Rybakina boyfriend
Elena Rybakina

Elena Rybakina

The Kazakhstani star lost a set in February in the quarterfinals of the Abu Dhabi Open when she lost to Beatriz Haddad Maia. Since then, Rybakina hasn’t lost a set. In the round of 64, Rybakina had to dig deep to get past Sofia Kenin, winning in two competitive sets 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5). Rybakina followed it up with a relatively comfortable win against former world No. 2 Paula Badosa. The 23-year-old Rybakina won the match 6-3, 7-5. She smashed 9 aces and was also helped by 7 double faults committed by her opponent.

Rybakina went on to face Russian qualifier Varvara Gracheva in the round of 16. This turned out to be a one-sided affair as Rybakina outplayed Gracheva to win the match 6-3, 6-0. She converted 7 out of 12 break points.

Karolina Muchova

The 26-year-old has managed to reach the quarterfinals of a tournament for the third time in 2023. She began her Indian Wells campaign with a grueling 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win against Yulia Putintseva. Muchova took confidence from this win and defeated 2-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in the round of 64 in straight sets 7-6 (7-1), 6-3. Muchova converted 5 out of 9 break points in this clash.

Karolina Muchova

In the round of 32, Muchova defeated another seeded player, Martina Trevisan. The match ended 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in favor of the Czech star. She had a win percentage of 73 on the first serve but also committed 7 double faults. In the round of 16, Muchova got the better of Marketa Vondrousova, winning 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4. It has been a memorable debut in Indian Wells so far for Muchova and she will hope to build on her performances so far in the tournament.

Head-to-Head and Prediction

Muchova has a 1-0 lead in the head-to-head scoreline against Rybakina. The Czech tennis pro defeated Rybakina 6-4, 6-4 in the 2019 US Open.

Prediction: Elena Rybakina to win in straight sets.

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