Indian Wells 2022 – US Women to Watch

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Indian Wells 2022 – US Women to Watch

As always, there will be some very talented American women on display at Indian Wells. We have some youngsters as well as some veterans that are sure to make some noise. Let’s look at who they are.

Coco Gauff (16)

Due to Krejcikova pulling out of the tournament, the top half is now wide open. Because of Barty’s absence, Krejcikova was the number one seed. Now, it’s anyone’s bracket. The toughest match on the way to the quarters for Gauff would be Halep (24) in the third round. As everyone knows, Halep is still not 100% fit and still finding her way back from injury. In the fourth round she’d meet Cornet (33) or Cirstea (26). In the quarters Pliskova (7) looms. It truly is a nice draw for Gauff.

Jessica Pegula (14)

Pegula’s draw is tough as nails. She’s in a quarter with both Paula Badosa (5) and Anett Kontaveit (4). Kontaveit has been a picture of consistency in the last six months, making final after final on the WTA tour. If Pegula finds a way to get by Kontaveit, she’ll then have to contend with defending champion Badosa. With the crowd likely behind Pegula, anything could be possible. It will be tough for Pegula though.

Madison Keys (28)

Keys is likely to meet Muguruza (8) in the third round. That won’t be an easy match for Keys. Muguruza is strong and has been playing great tennis as of late. If she gets by Muguruza, Svitolina (12) is a likely opponent in the fourth round, followed by Swiatek (3) in the quarters. These are all tough matchups for the talented American, who can be amazing on one day and flat on another.

Amanda Anisimova (43)

Anisimova is the dark horse in this group. Unseeded, she’ll meet her first seed, Fernandez (18) in the second round. This won’t be an easy outing. Fernandez is playing well, and just defended her Monterrey title. If she gets through Fernandez, Ostapenko (10) awaits in the third round, and Badosa (5) in the fourth. It will be tough for Anisimova to get out of the fourth round at Indian Wells this year.

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