WTA Indian Wells, 1st Round Preview: Mattek-Sands v Townsend, Barthel v Mladenovic

The Indian Wells draw was released last night with the majority of excitement centering around a potential third round clash between Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.  There are media reports that Simona Halep may pull out of the tournament due to a family tragedy.  I’m going to hold off from writing a full tournament preview just…