The absences of Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka, the one and two of the WTA ranking, respectively, opened a table that usually already is in advance for the “autumn” edition of Indian Wells 2021.
A possible Simona Halep-Emma Raducanu in the third round or the rematch after the controversial duel at the US Open 2021 between Garbiñe Muguruza and Barbora Krejcikova and, one more lap, Kim Clijsters against Katerina Siniakova are some of the duels that could occur in the “Wild West”.
With Karolina Pliskova (starter vs. Zheng / McNally) as top candidate, Argentina Nadia Podoroska, N ° 36 in the world ranking, she could be a rival in the third round if she overcomes the duel against the winner of the duel between Mayar Sherif (N ° 72) and Danka Kovinic (N ° 87).
On the other hand, the Colombian Camila Osorio Serrano, 71st WTA, will play in the first round against Aliaksandra Sasnovich (N ° 100). If she wins this match, she will face nothing more and nothing less than the winner of the last US Open: Emma Raducanu.
Garbiñe Muguruza, strong arm in the box and second favorite, will start with Alja Tomjlanovic or a Qualy player. Meanwhile, Elina Svitolina, another to follow closely, will debut against the winner of Tereza Martincova and Ashlyn Krueger.
The lower part of the painting leaves Iga Swiatek as the main favorite to advance to the semifinals. His way to reach the last rounds presents several obstacles such as Jelena Ostapenko or Veronika Kudermetova. In addition, Maria Sakkari will play against whoever triumphs by Marketa Vondrousova and Viktorija Golubic.
As if that were not enough, Petra Kvitova (vs. Arantxa Rus or a Qualy) and Victoria Azarenka (vs. Magda Linette or Rebecca Peterson) could also face off in the third round, a classic duel from the last decade of the circuit.
Indian wells, which can be seen in its entirety by STAR +, is the last WTA 1000 of the season, so the last candidates for the WTA Finals in Guadalajara will be finalized, which already have four classified.