Tennis: Indian Wells Women's Final Preview

It is not all about that monstrously large glass trophy- the World No. 2 spot awaits either Iga Swiatek or Maria Sakkari as we delve into the women’s final.

Iga Swiatek [3] v Maria Sakkari [6]

If anyone ever thought that the women’s tennis tour lacked depth and variety, well step forward today’s finalists as the first tournament of the sunshine double rumbles to its conclusion.

Swiatek has always impressed, from the moment as a teenager she admitted she worked with a sports psychologist on tour to help her cope with pressure to romping to her first Slam victory as a teenager, to transposing her game across the hard courts, it is hard not to feel that Swiatek is bordering on great things this year.

She is on a 10-match winning streak, and with each passing year her maturity is showing. It is not as if she has coasted through – she had to bring out comeback wins in three rounds here, and has been consistent this year, already scooping at WTA 1000 title in Doha – battering Sakkari along the way.

Having lost 15 out of 19 semi-finals in her career, including going 0-4 in WTA 1000 level final bids, could this be Sakkari’s time? There is a feeling that Sakkari is not merely knocking on the door of big things, she has been hammering on it for a while now, and it is only a matter of time before that translates to some of the big pieces of tin (or in this case glass) that the tour has to offer.

Sakkari had not won a match at Indian Wells since making her main draw debut in 2018, and she is 16-4 this season, which is the second biggest margin on the tour this year,

In terms of their head-to-head, she always had the upper hand over Swiatek… until she met Swiatek on the Doha semi-final last month, where the Pole raced through the match in straight sets, earning Swiatek her first win over the Greek.

If ever you want a bit of a confidence boost, then that should be it for the rapidly improving and maturing Pole who starts at the favourite.

But for Sakkari, her reaction on match-point in the semi-final said it all, and she felt like a winner just breaking through into the biggest final of her career.