The qualifying stage of the 2017 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells completed on Tuesday and the packed main draw was set with 12 successful qualifiers joining the prestigious field.
Among them is qualifying seed #1 Peng Shuai who swept through her two matches, joined by players such as Varvara Lepchenko, Mona Barthel, Mandy Minella & Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone, the Italian who is most likely playing her last Indian Wells.
Unfortunately, Tuesday also had some bad news in store for the tournament, as world #1 Serena Williams had to withdraw from the event due to a knee injury, not only handing Angelique Kerber back the #1 ranking, but opening up another spot in the field that has been taken by lucky loser Evgeniya Rodina.
Main draw action in Indian Wells is due to kick off tomorrow, so keep checking back to Women’s Tennis Blog for all the latest from the Californian desert.
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