WTA Indian Wells Qualifying: Bondarenko v Lapko, 23:30

Bondarenko 1.59, Lapko 2.66

This will be their first meeting.

Lapko has better overall results in last 12 months but Bondarenko has made a much better start to the year. She has won 12 of her 17 matches. Lapko has won 2 of 5 on hard courts this year.

Bondarenko reached the final of the Indian Wells Challenger last week so is used to the courts and conditions.  She only lost 1 set en route to the final before losing in straight sets to Errani in the final. She took a 4-1 lead in the opening set before Errani got into her stride. Bondarenko beat Tomljanovic and Wickmayer earlier in the week.

Kateryna Bondarenko

Lapko lost in the qualifying rounds last week. Her losses this year have all been to decent opposition.  She can be competitive in at least 1 of the sets today.

I have to favour Bondarenko for the win. Back her above 1.80

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