The 2011 Indian Wells Open women’s singles main draw 3rd round matches will begin on Sunday 13 March and the sixteen matches will be completed over two days. The tournament really heats up once we hit the 3rd round due to the fact that the seeds are drawn to play-off against each other for the first time.
In this post the full women’s singles draw for the 3rd round will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about the remaining seeds, wild cards and qualifiers. OnCourt Advantage will provide some interesting details about the former champions and finalists at Indian Wells as well.
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Amongst the 32 seeds there are five former Indian Wells singles champions still in contention for the 2011 title with only one former champion knocked out thus far – Daniela Hantuchova who has won twice (in 2002 and 2007). The five former champions are defending champion Jelena JANKOVIC (2010), Vera ZVONAREVA (2009), Ana IVANOVIC (2008), Maria SHARAPOVA (2006) and Kim CLIJSTERS (2003 and 2005). Since beginning in 1989 seven women have won the title twice leaving the chance for Clijsters to be the first to capture three titles.
Pictured above is Ana Ivanovic at the 2011 Australian Open shortly after making contact with the ball for this forehand drive. The former World No.1 and 2008 Roland Garros Singles champion won Indian Wells in 2008 and was the runner-up in 2009. Ivanovic lost her 1st match in 2010 so can really gain a lot of points with a strong result this year. Ivanovic is seeded to meet fellow Serbian and arch rival Jelena Jankovic in the round of 16.
Exactly 25% of the 32 seeds were knocked out in the 2nd round leaving 24 seeds amongst the final 32 players playing for a spot in the round of 16. The highest seeded players to be knocked in the 2nd round were: No.7 Li Na who made the semi finals in 2007, duel Indian Wells runner-up and No.11 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova (in 2007 and 2008) and No.12 Petra Kvitova. Nine of the sixteen 3rd round matches went according to seeding and only one match in the 3rd round is between two unseeded players.
The Wild Cards:
Of the original 8 wild cards and then the four who made the 2nd round only American Christina MCHALE remains after causing one of the biggest upsets thus far by defeating No.11 seed and duel Indian Wells finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova in two tough tie-break sets.
Of the original 12 qualifiers and then the five who made the 2nd round Lucie HRADECKA who defeated No.27 seed Alexandra Dulgheru and Alize CORNET who defeated No.30 seed Tsvetana Pironkova have made large strides at Indian Wells.
The 21-year-old Cornet is currently ranked No.70 after achieving a career-high ranking thus far of No.11 on 16 February 2009. The 1.73m French woman is playing her 3rd Indian Wells having lost her first match in 2009 and 2010. Her best Grand Slam singles result to date is making the round of 16 at the 2009 US Open.
To see the FULL 2011 Women’s Schedule of Play, prize money and WTA ranking points earned per round plus more details about the qualifying event click-> Indian Wells 2011 Women’s Schedule of Play.
Only the Top 16 seeds names will be bolded in the draw below. This will make it easier to spot which Top 16 seeds are drawn to play each other for a spot in the quarter finals and whose draw has opened up after a Top 16 seed being upset in that section of the draw.
The 2011 Indian Wells Open Women’s singles 3rd round draw is:
- Caroline WOZNIACKI (1) v (28) Maria Jose MARTINEZ SANCHEZ
- Alisa KLEYBANOVA (22) v (13) Flavia PENNETTA
- Agnieszka RADWANSKA (9) v (24) Maria KIRILENKO
- (31) Zakopalova Urszula RADWANSKA v (8) Victoria AZARENKA
- Samantha STOSUR (4) v Dinara SAFINA (26) Hantuchova
- Aravane REZAI (20) v (16) Maria SHARAPOVA
- (11) Kuznetsova Christina MCHALE (WC) v (18) Nadia PETROVA
- (27) Dulgheru Lucie HRADECKA (Q) v PENG Shuai (7) Li
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Francesca SCHIAVONE (5) v (Q) Alize CORNET (30) Pironkova
- Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (17) v (10) Shahar PEER
- Kaia KANEPI (14) v (23) Yanina WICKMAYER
- Dominika CIBULKOVA (25) v (3) Vera ZVONAREVA
- Jelena JANKOVIC (6) v (32) Julia GOERGES
- Ana IVANOVIC (19) v Barbora ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA (12) Kvitova
- Marion BARTOLI (15) v (21) Andrea PETKOVIC
- (29) Groth Sara ERRANI v (2) Kim CLIJSTERS
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