Match Preview: Christina Mchale v Evgeniya Rodina

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The fifth match on Stadium 1 in Indian Wells will feature the American home favourite in Mchale and lucky loser Rodina. This is an interesting match as both hit big balls but they can always bring an inconsistent inconsistent.

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Rodina hasn’t had a good start to the year as she is yet to win a main draw match and hasn’t made it through qualifying in any of the tournaments she’s had to play qualifying for. She took a loss to Barthel in the final qualifying round here but got the lucky loser position to get another chance. Her total win loss record for the season so far is 2 wins and 7 losses. McHale has had a decent start to the year which included a run to the Acapulco semifinals last week. She has qualified for both tournaments she had to qualifying for and she also reached the third round in Dubai her total win loss record for the season is 13-6.

Indian Wells History

Rodina has played here seven times over the years but she’s only managed to qualify three times. Last year she also fell in qualifying so there are no points to defend for her. Her best result came in her first appearance when she reached the third round in 2008. McHale has played here for the past seven years and only twice has she ever lost her round 1 match. Her best result came back in 2011 when she was just 19 and she reached the fourth round. She is defending third round points from last year so there is a little pressure to perform.

Head to Head Record

These two have played once before last year in the first round of the Tianjin Open on a hard court. Rodina took that one 6-1, 5-7, 6-0. The scoreline suggests that McHale was quite inconsistent but when they were both playing well, in the second set, McHale was the one winning the important games.

My Prediction

I think that this match will be on McHale’s racquet because if she comes out and plays some good tennis, I don’t know think Rodina will be able to do much, but if comes out and makes a lot of errors, Rodina will take advantage of that. This match is on Stadium 1 and even though there won’t be too many in the crowd, McHale will have that home advantage. Rodina may be a bit nervous having already lost at this tournament in qualifying. In the first set, I believe McHale will come out firing and Rodina will only manage to get two games, probably one of them a break, round the middle of the set and McHale will take it  6-2. I think that Rodina will shake off most of her nerves for the second set and some errors will seep in to McHale’s game and there might be a couple of service breaks on the way to 5-5. From there I think that Rodina might tighten up and McHale will take advantage of that and take the final two games for a 6-2, 7-5 victory.

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