The fifth grand slam is upon us! The long February month of Tennis is over and we finally have the BNP Paribas Open in the U.S. to get fans excited about seeing some great Tennis. All the favorites are healthy, the weather looks to be great, and the stakes are high for this tournament. We’ll first go over the men’s preview and who our favorite to win is. Then, we’ll go through the WTA side of things and go over which player could win it all. Comment after the article with who you think will win!
A Hot Murray and a Shaken Djokovic
Djokovic, the defending 3 time champion at Indian Wells, should be the no-brainer choice to dominate again. However, as we have seen lately with Novak getting knocked out the Australian Open and again in Acapulco by Kyrgios, he is a little less reliable this time around. The lack of confidence then gives way to Murray who is coming off a great win in Dubai and who loves to seize opportunities. He has historically not been all that successful in California but could this be his chance to prove himself in the U.S.? Others to watch out for are Milos Raonic who went to the final last year against Novak and also Nadal who has won quite a bit at Indian Wells before.
Our Pick: Andy Murray
Runner-up: Milos Raonic
Serena Looks to Dominate, Pliskova & Kerber Follow
Following her big win at the Australian Open, Serena is certainly eyeing up the BNP Paribas Open next. Without Azarenka around this year to spoil the final (like 2016), Serena looks like she can certainly beat anyone in the draw fairly easily. Pliskova and Kerber, however, follow right behind her and with Pliskova playing fantastic Tennis this year, there is certainly a chance for an upset. Kerber is having a slower start to this year than her fans would have hoped but with her improvements in Dubai, she could show that she is back on track with a solid win at Indian Wells.