The Indian Wells WTA 1000 tournament starts on March 8 and the final is scheduled to be played on the 19th of the same month.
Good path to Swiatek
World number one Every Swiatek He is the current champion of the title and will start as the top favorite to try and consolidate his crown. It starts against the winner of the match, who will face either Alison Van Uytvanck or Claire Liu. Then it could be Bianca Andreescu with a great third round match. The Canadian can face Rebeka Masarova, who comes from the previous stage on her debut day in this edition. In the semifinals, we would have Haddad Maia or Magda Linette as seeds, although there are also players like Katerina Siniakova. Therefore, it appears that this part of the draw will be contested.
Garcia, Kasatkina and Jabeur raise doubts; Badosa vs Rybakina, great third round match
In the semifinals, his opponent would finish fifth Caroline Garcia. However, the French have a very difficult journey. I would start earlier Danielle Collins and despite playing in two finals this year, he did not make it convincingly and the American could be a coconut. Liudmila Samsonova or Madison Keys are also seeded and would meet in the round of 16. We also have Leylah Fernandez who would have competition for Caty McNally who is having a good moment of form. With this, everything is very open without Garcia having those great sensations.
Our Jabeur He returns to competition in February after an aborted surgery. He will start either Maryna Zanevska or Lauren Davis. The first would be a not very affordable contender to return to the competition. Marie Bouzkova or Marketa Vondrousova would enter the third round, and the Tunisian’s journey is quite complicated. A player named in the round of 16 would be Victoria Azarenka even if the Belarusian would have to beat Karolina Muchova or Julia Putintseva. Duels are expected here.
Against the quarter final we would have Jabeur ante Daria Kasatkina, but seeing the tennis players there, it seems difficult to make this clash happen. As a Kasatkin, start against Tatjana Maria or Jasmine Paolini. A priori they wouldn’t put him in trouble, but third Martic would put a heavy bet on him in this moment of low confidence that the Russian is going through. They reach the round of 16 Elena Rybakina or Paula Badosa. These two tennis players would face off in a great third-round match, and it looks like the winner could open up enough of a tie to go far in Indian Wells.
Pegula goes away completely
As the third seed we have Jessica Pegula. Camila Giorgi could be compared to a very uncomfortable competitor in the first game, which can be a letdown. Later, Anastasia Potapova wouldn’t be an easy opponent either, and in the round of 16 we would have Kvitova, Ostapenko, Kanepi or Sasnovich. For the rooms it would be Maria Sakkari, but Helena doesn’t arrive with great results either. She will start against Rogers or Volynets and the third round could be complicated against Anhelina Kalinina or Linda Fruhvirtova. Veronika Kudermetova, Karolina Pliskova or Alycia Parks stand out from the semifinals. Therefore, there is no clear path for Jessica or Maria, but based on the sensations, the local player is the one who could continue the most.
Sabalenka and Gauff have tough matches
At the bottom of the table, second in the world, we have Aryna Sabalenka. The recent Australian Open champion and who has lost only one duel this 2023. Her first match would be against Alizé Cornet. Later, Donna Vekic, who arrives with confidence and who might cause him trouble. In the semifinals we would have Barbora Krejcikova, Ekaterina Alexandrova or Elise Mertens. Before Krejcikova, she would avenge the WTA 1000 tournament in Dubai. Therefore, it would be a very attractive duel.
Sabalenka, in the quarterfinals I would expect the sixth seed, Coco Gauff. The young American will start against Katie Swan or Cristina Bucsa in a duel that is expected to be very open. In the third round, it would be Anisimova, although she would have to beat Noskova or Begu first. Tough opponents for Amanda, but against Coco Anisimova in the third round could be a huge match. In the semifinals, Gauff could have Belinda Bencic. The Swiss is very confident going into 2023 and has the frame to make it to this round. This is why Gauff’s journey is very complicated.