The five best WTA matches at the Indian Wells Masters
Tom AveryOctober 6, 2021
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U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu She will return to tennis starting today (Oct. 6) in the women’s main draw at the Indian Wells Masters.
The BNP Paribas Open returns to the WTA schedule after a two-and-a-half-year absence.
If two-time Grand Slam champions Simone Halep and Raducanu win in the second round, they could have an interesting match in the third round.
Raducanu, who will make her Indian Wells debut, is the 17th seed in the tournament, with all 32 seeds in first-round byes.
Defending BNP Paribas Open champion Bianca Andreescu and 2021 U.S. Open finalist Laila Fernandez were both seeded in the field, while former world No. 1 Kristers won Got a wild card and entered the race.
Here are the five best WTA matches at Indian Wells.
Steffi Graf v Serena Williams – 1999
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Steffi Graf is a dominant force in women’s tennis, with 21 Grand Slam singles titles to her name.
Meanwhile, a certain Serena Williams is just beginning her journey and has yet to win a major.
But Graff saw firsthand that 17-year-old Williams was destined to become a star.
In the 1999 final, the youngster defeated the veteran 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 after trailing 4-2 in the third set. This is the first of many majors for Serena Williams.
Vesnina v. Kuznetsova – 2017
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The 2017 All-Russian final between Elena Vesnina and Svetlana Kuznetsova turned into a three-hour marathon.
Just a year after losing in the first qualifying round at Indian Wells, Vesnina has shown she’s more than a doubles specialist.
The 2016 Olympic gold medalist (doubles) defeated her compatriot 6-7 (8-6), 7-5, 6-4 from a set. To date, it remains the biggest title of her career.
Crystals v Lindsay Davenport – 2005
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After missing the previous year with a wrist injury, Kim Clijsters defeated Lindsey Davenport in three sets in the 2005 final.
Davenport entered the final flight after beating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-0 in the semi-final – but the Belgian was a different proposition.
Despite coming down almost 5-0 in the first set, Kristers fought back to win 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Halep v Jelena Jankovic – 2015
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Halep defeated 2010 Indian Wells champion Jankovic in an upside-down physical final to win the biggest title of her career to date.
Jankovic looked to be in control, he was a good set and a breakthrough. However, in a game where both players failed to keep the serve, leading to 18 breaks, Halep made a strong comeback.
It was Halep’s third career title, which she won 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Andreescu v Angelique Kerber – 2019
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Andreescu’s coveted trip to Indian Wells ended with a wild-card win over three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber.
The 18-year-old Canadian, who started the year outside the top 150, won the biggest title of her career by beating the German 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
The teenager fought back from a break in the deciding set and wasted three match points on serve. Andreescu went on to win the U.S. Open later in 2019.
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