Fritz, Swiatek headline Indian Wells main draw

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Fritz, Swiatek headline Indian Wells main draw

Indian Wells:

America Taylor Fritz will face fellow Ben Shelton or Italian Fabio Fognini as he begins his defense at Indian Wells this week, with top-ranked Iga Swiatek facing a third-round showdown with 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu.

Fritz fought back agonizingly to end Rafa Nadal’s 20-match winning streak and claim his first Masters 1000 title last year and will be hoping for another record-breaking post-film release. topic on Monday.

Facing a depleted men’s field, Fritz could run into Denmark’s Holger Rune in the quarterfinals. Rune also won his first major last year after beating Novak Djokovic 22 times in Paris.

Red-hot Daniel Medvedevwho won his third title in Dubai this month, is on course to meet third-seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud in the last eight, while Spain’s top seed Carlos Alcaraz is may face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinals.

World number one Djokovic pulled out of Sunday’s tournament with Nadal, who aggravated a hip injury in his second round at the Australian Open and has not played since. also pulled away.

On the women’s side, Swiatek looks like she may have a hard time getting a second title in the southern California desert after winning last year amid an unbeaten streak.

She can meet the champion of the WTA Finals Caroline Garcia in the quarter-finals after starting her campaign against the American Claire Liu or the Belgian Alison van Uytvanck, and Canadian Andreescu is also enjoying the first round.

Having just won her maiden Grand Slam in Australia, second seed Aryna Sabalenka will face Alize Cornet or Evgeniya Rodina to start the tournament. She has the chance to take a little revenge against the fourth opponent Barbora Krejcikova, after the winner of the French Open in 2021 in her 13th victory in Dubai last month.


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