Former Champs Halep, Wozniacki Look for Indian Wells Jolt

While the men’s event at the BNP Paribas Open has been dominated by a handful of players that last dozen years, there are at least four former champions on the women’s side who are seeking another Indian Wells trophy.

In the past 12 years at the BNP Paribas Open, it’s been all about Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the men’s event. But on the women’s side, there have been 10 different women’s winners in that same span, and this year at least four of them will be back in Indian Wells seeking another title.

They include world No. 1 Serena Williams, a two-time winner, 2010 champion Jelena Jankovic, Caroline Wozniacki (2011) and Simona Halep (2015).

Having already previewed Serena Williams’ chances, we take a look at what another trip to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden might look like for the other three former conquerors.

Wozniacki’s form might be the most impressive in the recent past, having made the US Open semifinal in September, before winning tournaments in Tokyo and Hong Kong to mark her 24th and 25th career titles, respectively.

In addition to her win in 2011, she was a finalist in 2013 as well as 2010, when she lost to Jankovic.

On rankings, the No. 4-ranked Halep appears to be playing the best tennis of her career, but she’s been hampered by a knee injury in the recent past, an injury that contributed to her first round loss at the Australian Open.

But should she be healthy come March, she’s as dangerous of a prospect as any in the draw, having made the semifinals in 2014 and quarterfinals last year, losing in a tight two-setter against Serena Williams.

Jankovic is a former world No. 1 like Wozniacki, as well as Slam finalist at the US Open in 2008, but appears close to the twilight of her career, turning 32 next week.

The Serbian, however, is never one to count out. She made the final of the WTA stop in Guangzhou last year, the 37th of her career, and in 2015 was runner up at the BNP Paribas Open against Halep. 2017 marks her 16th appearance at the event.

Will one of these three women win the event? Or can Serena Williams cement her No. 1 ranking with a record third Indian Wells title. Find out up close – tickets are still available!


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