No.5 seed Karolina Pliskova faces Belinda Bencic for a place in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open before Venus Williams meets Angelique Kerber.
WTA Staff
March 14, 2019

STADIUM 1 - start 11:00am

Belinda BENCIC (SUI) [23] v Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) [5]

Following 1 ATP match
Not Before 5:00 pm
Venus WILLIAMS (USA) v Angelique KERBER (GER) [8]

STADIUM 2 - start 12 noon

Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) / Katerina SINIAKOVA (CZE) [1] v CHAN Hao-Ching (TPE) / Latisha CHAN (TPE) [8]

Not before 2:00pm
Gabriela DABROWSKI (CAN) / XU Yifan (CHN) [5] v Elise MERTENS (BEL) / Aryna SABALENKA (BLR)
 

MATCH POINTS

This will be the first time that Belinda Bencic and Karolina Pliskova have met.

Bencic has a 10-6 winning record in her career against players in the Top 5 of the WTA Rankings. In 2019 alone, she has beaten Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova in three sets and defeated WTA World No.1 Naomi Osaka in the previous round.

READ MORE: Bencic dethrones Osaka for second No.1 win

She has won eight of her last 11 matches against Czech opponents.

Karolina Pliskova has won her last four matches against Swiss players, including three against Timea Bacsinszky.

She has twice reached the semifinals at Indian Wells only to lose tight matches to Victoria Azarenka in 2016 and Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2017.

Venus Williams is seeking to reach her fourth Indian Wells semifinal. 

Angelique Kerber fell at the quarterfinal stage of this competition last year against Daria Kasatkina, who went on to beat Venus in the final four.

READ MORE: Rivalry record: Angelique Kerber vs Venus Williams

The German is a two-time Indian Wells semifinalist - but has not gone so far since 2013.

Kerber leads the head-to-head against Venus 5-3, with the last meeting in Sydney last year.

Venus has the edge on hard courts, however, with a 3-2 lead on the surface.