The 2018 BNP Paribas Open, otherwise known as the Indian Wells Masters, will be the 44th edition of the tournament since its inception. Get the latest Indian Wells Masters Tips & Predictions for the 2018 edition below.
The defending champion in the men’s half is Roger Federer, while in the women’s, it’s the Russian Elena Vesnina.
In many ways, the 2017 edition of the Indian Wells was a historic one. Federer, who came to the event after his victorious run in the Australian Open, registered another breathtaking run here.
On his way to the final, he defeated Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock, before defeating his compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the final.
The tournament also featured several other highly ranked players such as Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori, but that didn’t stop the Swiss in any way from moving forward.
In fact, with that historic fifth Indian Wells title, he has now equaled Djokovic’s record in the tournament. And considering how the 2017 season has panned out for Federer, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him back here again defending his title, quite possible for the last time.
Coming to women’s half, Vesnina’s performance was a sensational one, to say the least. She started her run in the second round with a bye, but she didn’t face any big guns up until the fourth round.
Her first challenge was the former World No. 1 Angelique Kerber, whom she defeated in straight sets. She then moved on to defeat Venus Williams, followed by Kristina Mladenovic and finally, her compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova. Vesnina is primarily a doubles player and has done well for herself in that niche.
As a singles’ player, she has won only three titles, with Indian Wells being one of them. The Russian could have faced the likes of Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina and others, but one can say that the stars were aligned in her favor back then.
Whether she will be able to defend her title in 2018 is a question for the future, but given how her remainder of the season went, it is going to be quite difficult for her.
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