INDIAN WELLS, Calif.—Ever since completing her incredible comeback against Petra Kvitova in the second round, Williams has looked like her vintage self at Indian Wells. The seven-time Grand Slam champion has since handled Christina McHale and Mona Barthel in straight sets to set up a blockbuster quarterfinal against Kerber. If she can get past the eighth-seeded German, the American must be feeling confident in her chances of lifting a trophy this weekend.
Kerber's season hasn't gone as planned. The three-time Grand Slam champion was crushed by Danielle Collins in the round of 16 at the Australian Open, then lost in the third round in Doha and in the second round in Dubai. Having said that, Kerber has looked a lot better in Indian Wells. She was especially impressive in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Aryna Sabalenka in the round of 16.
Kerber will also be feeling good about the fact that she is 5-3 against Venus in her career. She has also won two of the last three matches, but Venus has gotten the better of her on hard courts. the two have played on the surface five times, and Venus is 3-2 in those matches.
No matter how you look at this match, both players will be extremely hungry for a big win on Thursday. Taking place under the lights of one of the greatest stages in tennis, this is a can't-miss match.