As I write this post, the final round of qualifying is in play at Indian Wells. The main draw is set to start on Wednesday. The tournament is normally a slow-starter with the seeds not starting until Friday; however, there are some blockbuster names on the comeback trail that will make this a must-watch from the first ball. The plan is to have two posts each day here on MTB with a snappy Set Points and sweeping day previews. The plan may crash and burn depending on work and time. I’m feeling energised for now… 😃😃😃
The draws for Indian Wells and Miami are always very difficult to break down because the 32 seeds all have byes into the second round and therefore, their first opponents are yet to be determined. I didn’t bother staying up for the draw. I much prefer now seeing a complete draw all in one go rather than pulses of information on Twitter and constant repetition of the same information because people don’t know what a retweet button is 😂. The draw was the first thing I thought of when I woke up on Tuesday morning! The return of Serena, Vika and Sveta was an added bonus to what would already have been a stellar draw.
Muguruza’s section is a stunner
The stand-out section is at the top of the second quarter where Garbiñe Muguruza, Eugenie Bouchard, Naomi Osaka, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska and a yet-to-be-determined qualifier are all located. The pick of the first rounders is without doubt, Sharapova vs. Osaka, and the only match-up that made me yelp when I scrolled through the draw.
My immediate instinct was Osaka takes this. On reflection, I think it is a decent match-up for Sharapova going up against another big hitter. The Russian player pulled out of Dubai with a forearm injury so there are a few question marks around her health.
It is wonderful to see Petra back at Indian Wells and I loved her tweet yesterday! For pictures of Petra practising, click HERE.
My faves – rooting for Timea!
I’m sad that Lucie won’t be playing Indian Wells. On a positive note my second fave, Timea Bacsinszky, is set to play her second WTA tournament on the comeback from a serious hand injury. The Swiss player, who was practising on Monday (see pics below – you should go follow LaWanda on Twitter if you aren’t already!), will play Wang Qiang in the first round. Not easy at all but quietly optimistic!
Kasatkina teaches tweeners to Osaka
Dasha and Naomi are the best. Loved this! 😂