The 2011 Indian Wells Open women’s singles main draw round of 16 matches will all be played on Tuesday 15 March. This means that the 8 players in the top half of the draw will play two days in a row. The eight 3rd round winners in the bottom half of the draw all had a rest day before playing their round of 16 matches.
In this post the full women’s singles draw for the round of 16 will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about one of the Top seeds. The final two qualifiers of the original twelve Lucie Hradecka and Alize Cornet plus Christina Mchale – the final wild card of the original eight were all defeated in the 3rd round. Two direct acceptances – former World No.1 Dinara SAFINA and PENG Shuai are amongst the 14 seeds vying for a quarter final spot.
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In the round of 16 there are 14 seeds remaining and 9 of the Top 16 seeds who were seeded to make it this far. The biggest upset in the 3rd round was No.3 seed and 2009 Indian Wells champion Vera Zvonareva being knocked out by No.25 seed Dominika CIBULKOVA. Four former Indian Wells singles champions are still in contention for the 2011 title, yet two of them go head-to-head for a spot in the quarter finals – the all Serbian encounter between Jelena JANKOVIC and Ana IVANOVIC.
Pictured above is Shahar PE’ER at the 2011 Australian Open just prior to making contact with the ball with her best shot, her double-handed backhand drive. Pe’er achieved a career-high ITF Junior Tour ranking of No.2 and won the junior Australian Open in 2004.
The 1.7m Pe’er from Israel made the quarter finals at Junior Roland Garros in 2003-2004 and at Junior Wimbledon in 2004. Pe’er made the semi finals of the Junior US Open in 2004 in her last junior event before turning pro (despite the fact that she was eligible to play juniors for all of 2005).
The 23-year-old Pe’er is making strides towards matching her junior achievements on the pro tour after achieving a career-high ranking of No.11 on 31 January this year. Pe’er holds the Israeli record for highest ranking achieved in tennis history. Pe’er has made the quarter finals at the Australian Open and the US Open both in 2007 as her best singles result in a Grand Slam thus far.
Pe’er is currently ranked No.12 175 points less than No.1o Agnieszka RADWANSKA and just 40 points behind Serena Williams. To achieve a Top 10 ranking for the very first time by Monday 21 March Pe’er has to advance further at Indian Wells than she did in 2010 to overtake Serena and earn more than 175 points than Radwanska does. Pe’er made the round of 16 in 2010 earning 140 points, whereas Radwanska made the semi finals earning 450 points.
If Radwanska loses to Azarenka she will get 140 for making the round of 16, which is a drop of 310 points. Pe’er has equalled her 2010 result so her ranking points total will improve if she upsets No.5 seed Francesca SCHIAVONE to earn a place in the quarter finals. The quarter finalists earn 250 points. Pe’er could add a further 110 points if she can equal her best performance at Indian Wells by making the quarter finals as she did in 2007.
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 8 seeds names will be bolded in the draw below. This will make it easier to spot which Top 8seeds are drawn to play whom for a spot in the semi finals and whose draw has opened up after a Top 8 seed being upset in that section of the draw.
The 2011 Indian Wells Open Women’s singles Round of 16 draw is:
- Caroline WOZNIACKI (1) v (22) Alisa KLEYBANOVA (13) Pennetta
- Agnieszka RADWANSKA (9) v (8) Victoria AZARENKA
- (4) Stosur Dinara SAFINA v (16) Maria SHARAPOVA
- (11) Kuznetsova Nadia PETROVA (18) v PENG Shuai (7) Li
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Francesca SCHIAVONE (5) v (10) Shahar PE’ER
- (14) Kanepi Yanina WICKMAYER (23) v (25) Dominika CIBULKOVA (3) Zvonareva
- Jelena JANKOVIC (6) v (19) Ana IVANOVIC (12) Kvitova
- Marion BARTOLI (15) v (2) Kim CLIJSTERS
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