This week starts the BNP Paribas Open, better known as the Indian Wells Masters. The courts of the Californian venue will bring together the elite of men’s tennis in the first Masters 1,000 of the season on the ATP circuit and the second WTA 1,000 of the season on the WTA Tour. Below we review the tables, schedules and results of the Indian Wells Masters 1,000.
Indian Wells Masters 1,000 Men’s Draw
The number 1 in the world will go to the top of the table Daniel Medvedev. The Russian, exempt from the first round, will debut against Alexei Popyrin or a player from the qualifier and could be seen in the third round with Gael Monfils and in a hypothetical round of 16 crossover with Carlos Alcaraz or Roberto BautistaThey could meet in the third round. In quarterfinals Medvedev could be quoted with the current champion of the tournament, Cameron Norrie, or with the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipaswhich could be seen with Khachanov in the third round.
In a hypothetical semifinals, I would wait for Medvedev Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard will debut against Sebastian Korda or a rival from the previous one, He could see himself in the third round with Daniel Evans and in the round of 16 he could meet Reilly Opelka or repeat his Australian Open duel with Denis Shapovalov. In hypothetical quarter-final matches, Nadal could face the Italian Jannik Sinner or the Norwegian Casper Ruudone of the outstanding students of the Rafa Nadal Academy.
At the bottom of the table will be the Italian Matteo Berrettini. The Italian, sixth seed, will make his debut against Ugo Humbert or a player from the qualifier before a possible meeting in the third round with Lloyd Harris and in the round of 16 with Marin Cilic or Felix Auger-Aliassime. In the quarterfinals Berrettini could face the German Alexander Zverev, third favorite, who will debut against Grigor Dimitrov or Tommy Paul and that could be seen in the third round with Alex de Miñaur and in the round of 16 with Pablo Carreño or Taylor Fritz.
Zverev does not appear as the second favorite because that condition falls on the Serbian Novak Djokovic. Although it is not known if he will still be able to play, Djokovic has been included in the draw. and, if he finally plays, he will debut against Jordan Thompson or David Goffin and in the third round he could meet Alexander Bublik or Andy Murray. In a hypothetical round of 16 match, Djokovic could face the Argentine Diego Schwartzman or John Isner before a quarterfinal matchup in which they could have Andrey Rublev, Frances Tiafoe, Aslan Karatsev or Hubert Hurkacz as rivals, which would be the prelude to a possible semifinal against Zverev or Berrettini.
Indian Wells WTA 1,000 Women’s Draw
With Ashleigh Barty out at the last minute, the organizers have put Frenchwoman Alizé Cornet in her place, who will debut against Harmony Tan or Rebecca Peterson and could be seen in the third round with Sorana Cirstea and in a possible round of 16 with Simona Halep or Coco Gauff. In the quarterfinals, the names of Emma Raducanu, Tamara Zidansek, Liudmila Samsonova or Karolina Pliskova, who returns to a big event after her injury and who starts as the favorite in this quadrant.
In a hypothetical semifinals Pliskova could face the Polish Iga Swiatek, that will debut against Clara Burel or Anhelina Kalinina and that could be seen in the third round with Clara Tauson and in the round of 16 with Daria Kasatkina or Angelique Kerber. In a hypothetical match in the quarterfinals, Swiatek could face Garbiñe Muguruza, who will debut against Alison Riske or Catherine McNally and that could be seen in the third round with Madison Keys and in the round of 16 with Elina Svitolina or Belinda Bencic before meeting Swiatek in the quarterfinals and Pliskova in the semifinals.
In the lower part of the table appears the current champion of the tournament, the Spanish Paula Badosa, who will debut against Heather Watson or Tereza Martincova and that in the third round she could face the also Spanish Sara Sorribes. In the round of 16, Badosa could face Leylah Fernández or Jelena Ostapenko (Nuria Párrizas’s possible rival in the second round) before a cross between quarterfinals in which Jessica Pegula, Veronika Kudermetova are outlined as rivals (which could be seen in the second round with Naomi Osaka), Marketa Vondrousova or the Estonian Anett Kontaveit.
In the last quadrant appears the Greek Maria Sakkari, who will debut against Katerina Siniakova or Irina-Camelia Begu before meeting Petra Kvitova in the third round and in a possible round of 16 with Elise Mertens or Ons Jabeur. In the quarterfinals, Sakkari’s possible rival would be the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, a great favorite after Barty’s withdrawal, who will debut against Katie Boultier or Jasmine Paolini and that could be seen in the third round with Viktorija Golubic and in the round of 16 with Victoria Azarenka or Elena Rybakina.