The pairing draw for the individual draw of the WTA 1,000 in Indian Wells meant that the two main Spanish tricks of the tournament, Paula Badosa, current champion, and Garbiñe Muguruza play on separate sidesso that they would only face each other in a hypothetical final.
Both are seeded, so they are exempt from the first round in the so-called fifth Grand Slam, because it is played by 96 players in a draw of 128. Badosa would face the Czech Tereza Martincova in her debut (Friday or Saturday), while the American Alison Riske awaits Muguruza in theory. Sara Sorribes, 32nd favorite and also exempt from the start, would meet the French Ocean Dodin, although the three possible rivals will have to beat the previous players if they want to face the best of the Navy. If the Castellón native overcomes the start, her next opponent, in the third round, would be Badosa. The 2021 winner would face the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (10th) in the round of 16, the Estonian Anett Kontaveit (4th) in the quarterfinals, and the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (2nd) in the semifinals. before a dream final against Muguruza.
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The woman from Caracas, for her sector, would have the American Madison Keys (25th) in the third round, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the round of 16, the Polish Iga Swiatek (3rd) in the quarterfinals and the Czech Barbora Krejcikovaseeded number one in the absence of Ashleigh Barty, in the semifinals before a possible duel against Badosa. Nuria Párrizas, the other Spaniard who will participate in the California desert event, will debut on Wednesday or Thursday in the first round against the American Shelby Rogers. The sessions start every day at 11:00 local time, 20:00 in Spain, and the matches can be followed live on Teledeporte and DAZN.
Badosa, in the Eisenhower Cup
Paula Badosa will be one of the stars of the 2022 Eisenhower Cup, a charity event whose proceeds will go to women’s organizations on International Women’s Day. Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Aryna Sabalenka, Maria Sakkari, Ons Jabeur and Leylah Fernandez, recent champion in Monterrey, will also participate. They will play ten short knockout matches in a ten-point super playoff format. Teledeporte and DAZN also offer this mini tournament from 4:30 from early Tuesday to Wednesday.