WTA Indian Wells, 1st Round Preview: Mattek-Sands v Townsend, Barthel v Mladenovic

Moo's Tennis Blog

The Indian Wells draw was released last night with the majority of excitement centering around a potential third round clash between Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.  There are media reports that Simona Halep may pull out of the tournament due to a family tragedy.  I’m going to hold off from writing a full tournament preview just for now as Halep withdrawing could initiate a draw reshuffle.  I will be placing less emphasis on the tournament preview as times goes on as I feel previewing the matches we know are going to happen in the first round is much more worthwhile.  First round action at Indian Wells kicks off on Wednesday and there are plenty of engaging match-ups worth discussing before the seeds come out to play on Friday.

1. Bethanie Mattek-Sands v Taylor Townsend (IW, R1)

Townsend

My favourite first round match-up from Indian Wells features two American wildcards, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Taylor Townsend

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