The 2021 edition of the BNP Paribas Open is well underway currently, with the qualifying rounds taking place at Indian Wells. After being cancelled in 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the marquee event is once again ready to entertain tennis fans across the world.
While some Grand Slam champions in Ash Barty, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are missing from the roster, many other leading WTA stars will headline the Indian Wells tournament this week.
Defending champion Bianca Andreescu, who the title in 2019, is back as well and although she has slid down the rankings, the Canadian showed signs of getting back to form at the recently concluded US Open.
Karolina Pliskova and Iga Swiatek will be the top two seeds at 2021 Indian Wells
Pliskova will enter the BNP Paribas Open as the top seed, after the withdrawal of Australian Ash Barty and Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka. Interestingly, the Czech girl is yet to win a Grand Slam despite her strong serve and forehand. Till now, Pliskova has only made one finals of the Grand Slam.
That said, the top seed has enjoyed a decent time on the hard courts, post Wimbledon. She also reached the quarterfinals of the US Open last month. For the year, the 29-year-old has a 20/10 win/loss record on the hard courts.
Meanwhile, Swiatek too comes into the tournament after an unimpressive run on the hard courts. Although the Pole did accomplish some decent numbers on the clay, it will be interesting to see how she soaks up the pressure at Indian Wells.
Women’s Singles Top Seeds at 2021 Indian Wells
- Karolina Pliskova
- Iga Swiatek
- Barbora Krejcikova
- Elina Svitolina
- Garbine Muguruza
- Maria Sakkari
- Petra Kvitova
- Belinda Bencic
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
- Angelique Kerber
Interestingly, none of the top 10 seeds have ever won the title at Indian Wells. Therefore, it remains to be seen if we will see a new champion being crowned in a week’s time. However, with former champions Simona Halep, Victoria Azarenka and Andreescu in the mix, the new crop will be challenged.