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INDIAN WELLS, USA – Serena Williams will relinquish her World No. 1 spot back to Angelique Kerber as she withdraws on the eve of the tournament with a knee injury.




Draw & Results

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Order of Play


WTA Indian Wells $1,175,505 SF 17 Mar
E Vesnina [14] (RUS) 63 64 K Mladenovic [28] (FRA)
S Kuznetsova [8] (RUS) Ka. Pliskova [3] (CZE)


WTA Indian Wells QF 16 Mar
K Mladenovic [28] (FRA) 36 76(4) 62 C Wozniacki [13] (DEN)
E Vesnina [14] (RUS) 62 46 63 V Williams [12] (USA)


WTA Indian Wells QF 15 Mar
S Kuznetsova [8] (RUS) 63 62 A Pavlyuchenkova [19] (RUS)
Ka. Pliskova [3] (CZE) 76(2) 76(5) G Muguruza [7] (ESP)


WTA Indian Wells R4 14 Mar
S Kuznetsova [8] (RUS) 61 64 C Garcia [21] (FRA)
A Pavlyuchenkova [19] (RUS) 64 36 62 D Cibulkova [5] (SVK)
V Williams [12] (USA) 36 61 63 Peng S [Q] (CHN)
Ka. Pliskova [3] (CZE) 51 RET T Bacsinszky [15] (SUI)
G Muguruza [7] (ESP) 76(5) 16 60 E Svitolina [10] (UKR)
K Mladenovic [28] (FRA) 63 63 L Davis (USA)
E Vesnina [14] (RUS) 63 63 A Kerber [2] (GER)
C Wozniacki [13] (DEN) 64 64 M Keys [9] (USA)


WTA Indian Wells R3 13 Mar
L Davis (USA) 61 64 J Goerges (GER)
A Kerber [2] (GER) 75 36 75 P Parmentier (FRA)
E Vesnina [14] (RUS) 64 16 64 T Babos [25] (HUN)
K Mladenovic [28] (FRA) 63 63 S Halep [4] (ROU)
V Williams [12] (USA) 64 62 L Safarova (CZE)
M Keys [9] (USA) 61 64 N Osaka (JPN)
C Wozniacki [13] (DEN) 63 61 K Siniakova (CZE)
Peng S [Q] (CHN) 64 64 A Radwanska [6] (POL)


WTA Indian Wells R3 12 Mar
C Garcia [21] (FRA) 36 63 76(1) J Konta [11] (GBR)
T Bacsinszky [15] (SUI) 63 57 76(8) K Bertens [18] (NED)
S Kuznetsova [8] (RUS) 62 26 61 R Vinci [26] (ITA)
G Muguruza [7] (ESP) 36 75 62 K Day [WC] (USA)
E Svitolina [10] (UKR) 62 61 D Gavrilova [24] (AUS)
Ka. Pliskova [3] (CZE) 64 76(2) I-C Begu [29] (ROU)
A Pavlyuchenkova [19] (RUS) 63 62 B Strycova [17] (CZE)
D Cibulkova [5] (SVK) 26 76(5) 76(4) Kr. Pliskova (CZE)


WTA Indian Wells R2 11 Mar
C Wozniacki [13] (DEN) 63 60 M Linette (POL)
A Kerber [2] (GER) 62 61 A Petkovic (GER)
P Parmentier (FRA) 62 63 Y Putintseva [27] (KAZ)
K Siniakova (CZE) 63 75 C Suarez Navarro [23]
K Mladenovic [28] (FRA) 60 75 A Beck (GER)
M Keys [9] (USA) 61 75 M Duque-Marino [Q] (COL)
N Osaka (JPN) 64 62 Zhang S (CHN)
Peng S [Q] (CHN) 64 62 A Konjuh [31] (CRO)
J Goerges (GER) 46 64 64 S Stosur [16] (AUS)
A Radwanska [6] (POL) 63 64 S Sorribes Tormo [Q] (ESP)
V Williams [12] (USA) 16 76(5) 61 J Jankovic (SRB)
S Halep [4] (ROU) 64 61 D Vekic [WC] (CRP)
T Babos [25] (HUN) 46 76(2) 62 V Lepchenko [Q] (USA)
E Vesnina [14] (RUS) 64 75 S Rogers (USA)
L Davis (USA) 75 63 A Sevastova [22] (LAT)
L Safarova (CZE) 46 64 61 C Vandeweghe [20] (USA)


WTA Indian Wells R2 10 Mar
J Konta [11] (GBR) 64 64 H Watson (GBR)
E Svitolina [10] (UKR) 36 63 76(3) Wang Q (CHN)
R Vinci [26] (ITA) 76(5) 64 M Brengle (USA)
D Gavrilova [24] (AUS) 62 76(5) Y Wickmayer (Bel)
K Day [WC] (USA) 64 57 75 M Lucic-Baroni [32] (CRO)
C Garcia [21] (FRA) 63 63 E Rodina [LL] (RUS)
T Bacsinszky [15] (SUI) 75 62 M Niculescu (ROU)
G Muguruza [7] (ESP) 62 63 K Flipkens (BEL)
B Strycova [17] (CZE) 64 57 62 S Errani (ITA)
K Bertens [18] (NED) 62 62 B Bencic (SUI)
D Cibulkova [5] (SVK) 64 36 63 J Ostapenko (LAT)
A Pavlyuchenkova [19] (RUS) 64 64 A Kontaveit [Q] (EST)
S Kuznetsova [8] (RUS) 76(3) 64 J Larsson (SWE)
Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 60 63 D Kasatkina [33] (RUS)
I-C Begu [29] (ROU) 61 75 L Chirico (USA)
Ka. Pliskova [3] (CZE) 16 64 64 M Puig (PUR)


WTA Indian Wells R1 9 Mar
L Safarova (CZE) 63 62 L Arruabarrena (ESP)
M Duque-Marino [Q] (COL) 64 06 64 P-M Tig [Q] (ROU)
J Goerges (GER) 75 62 A Tomljanovic (CRO)
M Linette (POL) 64 62 T Townsend [WC] (USA)
S Rogers (USA) 64 76(4) J Brady [WC] (USA)
K Siniakova (CZE) 46 64 64 M Barthel [Q] (GER)
J Jankovic (SRB) 62 36 63 I Falconi [WC] (USA)
P Parmentier (FRA) 62 64 O Dodin (FRA)
A Petkovic (GER) 60 62 RET V King (USA)
V Lepchenko [Q] (USA) 64 26 64 Y Shvedova (KAZ)
L Davis (USA) 64 46 75 V Golubic (SUI)
S Sorribes Tormo [Q] (ESP) 64 62 E Makarova (RUS)
N Osaka (JPN) 64 62 R Ozaki [Q] (JPN)
D Vekic [WC] (CRP) 63 76(2) A Riske (USA)
Peng S [Q] (CHN) 62 26 75 L Tsurenko (UKR)
A Beck (GER) 36 62 62 E Bouchard (CAN)


WTA Indian Wells R1 8 Mar
H Watson (GBR) 46 62 62 N Gibbs [WC] (USA)
M Niculescu (ROU) 46 63 61 S Cirstea (ROU)
J Ostapenko (LAT) 64 26 76(3) D Kovinic (MNE)
K Flipkens (BEL) 46 61 64 C Bellis (USA)
J Larsson (SWE) 76(3) 63 C Giorgi (ITA)
Wang Q (CHN) 75 46 64 K Bondarenko (UKR)
Y Wickmayer (Bel) 63 36 64 L Siegemund (GER)
K Day [WC] (USA) 63 64 K Nara (JPN)
M Puig (PUR) 60 62 D Collins [WC] (USA)
S Errani (ITA) 16 64 75 M Minella [Q] (LUX)
L Chirico (USA) 63 63 F Schiavone [Q] (ITA)
Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 60 63 B Mattek-Sands [WC] (USA)
M Brengle (USA) 64 62 T Maria [Q] (GER)
B Bencic (SUI) 64 61 T Pironkova (BUL)
A Kontaveit [Q] (EST) 75 64 M Doi (JPN)
E Rodina [LL] (RUS) 61 60 C McHale (USA)

[1] Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber will regain the top spot after this tournament after Serena Williams pulled out of both Indian Wells and Miami citing a knee injury. But no doubt she would rather gain it by a decent

Sounds simple? Well Kerber was bounced out of the tournament last year in her opening round as she suffered that post Slam-winning lull last year. While she did not get the deed done in the Middle East, she does come into Indian Wells with some wins under her belt, losing to Elina Svitolina in the Dubai semi-final.

Her route to the final does throw up some tricky opposition though. She could have to face compatriot and friend Andrea Petkovic in her opener, and her first seed is the always feisty Yulia Putintseva.

Her fourth round opponent could well be Elena Vesnina and she ought to feel confident of extending her 3-1 head to head over the Russian, although Vesnina won their most recent encounter, albeit in 2013 (New Haven).

The quarter-finals could throw up all manner of challenges – from Venus Williams, also with confidence high from having reached the Australian Open final, Coco Vandeweghe, who of course ended her reign as the Australian Open champion. It ought to be Agnieszka Radwanska who has slipped out of the Top 5 and should be relied upon to have a decent run.


[3] Karolina Pliskova

Big things are expected of Pliskova this time around especially following her win in Doha. She has already netted two bits of hardware this year and comes here as one of the favourites for the title. Her opener could be against Jelena Ostapenko and if you cast your minds back to that third round clash with a 10-8 finish for the Czech, it could be tricky.


Her draw  changes completely with Williams’ withdrawal – she is now at the top of the draw and if anything it looks a breeze. She ought to meet Irina-Camelia Begu as her first seed, Timea Bacsinszky in the fourth round and whoever emerges from the next bracket with Elina Svitolina, who cracked the Top 10 just recently, or Garbiñe Muguruza.


[4] Simona Halep

It feels like former Indian Wells champion Halep needs to reset her season completely. The Romanian is yet to get back to back wins this year – out in her second round in Shenzhen, first round exit at the Australian Open, and pulled out of the quarter-final in St Petersburg with a knee injury. It does not make for encouraging reading.

Her path to the quarter-finals at least on paper is within her grasp but a lot depends on her fitness. She could open against Alison Riske, who started the year well with the Shenzhen final. Third round seed could be an in-form Kristina Mladenovic, who picked up the title in St Petersburg, and reached the semi-final in Acapulco.

Fourth round could be Sam Stosur – the pair are evenly matched at 4-4 in their head to head, and the Aussie could well stand in the way of a potential quarter-final against Madison Keys or Caroline Wozniacki – if Halep makes it that far.


[5] Dominika Cibulkova

The WTA Finals champion has had perhaps a slower start to the year than could have been expected. Steady, but slow with a smattering of back to back wins from Australia to Doha. Dubai saw a first round exit leading into the US hard court swing, but her record here has yet to set the world alight.

Williams withdrawal shuffles her into the top four seeds but she has plenty of hazards. She is likely to open against Jelena Ostapenko, and could face Daria Kasatkina in the third round, who beat her last year in their only meeting so far. Survive that and she could face either Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Barbora Strycova – she has winning records over the both.

The quarter-finals could yield either Svetlana Kuznetsova against whom Cibulkova is currently on a six-match winning spree, or Britain’s Johanna Konta – who has hopefully recovered from a foot injury that wiped out her entire Middle-East run.


The BNP Paribas Open take place between 9-19 March – (GMT -7 hours).




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