Three-time US Open champion and two-time winner at Indian Wells, Belgium’s former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters, might be making her first look on the BNP Paribas Open in a decade, and can meet Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic within the opening-round at Indian Wells.
In keeping with the draw revealed on Tuesday (IST), Grand Slam champions Simona Halep and Emma Raducanu of Nice Britain may face off within the third spherical.
The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells returns to the WTA calendar after a two-and-a-half-year absence. The principle draw units up some fascinating early encounters for the season’s closing WTA 1000 occasion.
Despite the fact that the 32 seeded gamers have opening-round byes, many intriguing first-round clashes will begin off the occasion, together with the return of Clijsters to Indian Wells. Clijsters is enjoying the occasion for the primary time since 2011.
Former world No.1 Clijsters, who acquired a wildcard into the primary draw, will kick off her marketing campaign in opposition to world No.53 Katerina Siniakova. The winner of that opener will face one other former world No.1 and a number of main champion within the second spherical, No.10 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany.
4-time Grand Slam champion Clijsters, who received titles at Indian Wells in 2003 and 2005, nonetheless seeks her first tour-level win since her 2012 retirement season. She returned in 2020 and suffered shut losses in her three matches final 12 months, to Garbine Muguruza, Johanna Konta, and Ekaterina Alexandrova. In her season debut final week in Chicago, she fell in three units to Hsieh Su-wei.
One other Grand Slam champion contesting this week’s first spherical is 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who will meet Heather Watson. The winner of that match will play Nineteenth-seeded Jessica Pegula (US) within the second spherical.
And 2017 US Open runner-up, Madison Keys (US) might be embroiled in a hard-hitting battle within the opening spherical, when she takes on six-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. The winner of that match will face one other huge hitter, No.9 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.
Issues will keep thrilling as soon as the second-round matches begin happening, the place the 32 seeded gamers kick into motion after their first-round byes.
A 3rd-round matchup between two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep and reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu may happen, in the event that they every win their second-round matches.
Former world No.1 Halep, seeded No.11, would first need to get previous both Zhang Shuai or China or Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine within the second spherical, whereas No.17 seed Raducanu would want to beat the winner of the match between Maria Camila Osorio Serrano of Colombia and Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
Raducanu might be making her Indian Wells debut, as she returns to the tour for the primary time since she stormed to her maiden Grand Slam title in New York. Ranked world No.150 on the time, Raducanu grew to become the primary qualifier to win a Grand Slam singles title, and has since shot as much as No.22 within the WTA rankings.
One other third-round conflict between Grand Slam champions is a risk, with Petra Kvitova of thr Czech Republic and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus seeded to satisfy in the event that they win their second-round matches. No.7 seed Kvitova would first need to defeat both Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands or a qualifier, whereas Twenty seventh-seeded Azarenka will play the winner of the match between Magda Linette of Poland and Rebecca Peterson of Sweden.
World No.3 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic and world No.4 Iga Swiatek of Poland are the highest two seeds for the occasion. High-seeded Pliskova, who certified for the year-ending Akron WTA Finals on Monday, will meet both Zheng Saisai or wildcard Caty McNally within the second spherical.
No.2 seed Swiatek, who’s making an attempt to assert her personal spot on the Akron WTA Finals in Guadalajara, can have a second-round encounter with both Petra Martic or wildcard Katie Volynets.