The BNP Paribas tournament is played on hardcourt and is the best-attended tennis tournament outside the four Grand Slam tournaments. It is often addressed as the "fifth Grand Slam". The 2022 edition of the tournament has started its journey quite some days before. Till now, many renowned players have lost their chance of winning the trophy whilst many unknown players have risen to the top. However, with the last eight set in the women's singles, the crowd favourite Iga Swiatek and Paula Badosa know better than ever who stand between them and the title. With that in mind, let us have a deep dive into the Indian Wells 2022 Quarterfinals' Women's Singles Draw, Preview and Fixture.
The first match of the women's singles quarterfinals will feature 24th seed Simona Halep alongside 31-year-old Petra Martic.
Simona Halep began her Indian Wells 2022 campaign with a hard-contested victory over Ekaterina Alexandrova, following a solid performance at the Australian Open 2022 and the Dubai Tennis Championships. After that, she quickly overcame newcomer Coco Gauff and Sorana Cirstea to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
Martic, on the other hand, has had a rocky start to the year. After defeating Anna Bondar and Tamara Zidansek in the Indian Wells 2022, she made up for it. In the third round, she defeated British star Emma Raducanu, which was her biggest win in the tournament. Following that, she overcame Liudmila Samsonova in the fourth round to earn herself a place in the Quarterfinals.
Halep will begin the competition as the overwhelming favourite, having won 14 of her 17 matches this year. Meanwhile, Martic has beaten some tough opponents and is in fantastic shape.
Both the players will give their all in order to win the match, but Halep's record in head-to-head matches and her experience will provide her with a slight advantage.
Semifinalist: Simona Halep.
Fourth seed Iga Swiatek and the 27-year old Madison Keys will lock horns against each other in the second match of the women's singles quarterfinals.
Swiatek has come a long way since she made a name for herself at the tender age of 19 by winning the French Open 2020. With the poise of a veteran and the shots of a champion, 19-year-old Iga Swiatek inscribed her name in tennis fans' hearts. Afterwards, from reaching the Semifinals of Adelaide international and the Australian Open 2022 to establishing her dominance over the Qatar Open, Swiatek has been in tremendous form. She advanced to the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Open after defeating Anhelina Kalinina, Clara Tauson, and former World No. 1, Angelique Kerber. The Pole won all three matches after coming back from a set down.
From overcoming two top 10 players, Paula Badosa and Barbora Krecjikova in the Australian Open 2022 to being eliminated in the first round in both Guadalajara and Monterrey, Madison Keys has depicted Inconsistency in her performance throughout the year.
However, She did begin her journey to Indian Wells 2022 by defeating Misake Doi. She then went on to upset Alison Riske and Harriet Dart to reach the WTA 1000 quarterfinals for the first time.
Considering her current form and ranking, Swiatek will enter the match as the overwhelming favourite. However, Keys is yet to meet a truly difficult opponent on her path, which might work against her in the match. Swiatek's algorithm has also altered recently, and she is now playing considerably more aggressively. That would undoubtedly work in her favour. Nevertheless, if all goes well, she will easily win the match with her powerful cross-court backhands.
Semifinalist: Iga Swiatek.
The third match of the women's singles quarterfinals will feature defending champion Paula Badosa and World No. 24 Veronika Kudermetova.
Paula Badosa has rediscovered her rhythm in the California desert. She overcame Victoria Azarenka last year in a thrilling three-hour contest 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-6(2) to win the title. This year, Badosa began her title defence against Tereza Martincova in straight sets after receiving a first-round bye. Afterwards, in the third and fourth rounds, she defeated compatriot Sara Sorribes Tormo and 2021 US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez, respectively. Thus, she once again earned herself a place in the collision of the last eight.
Kudermetova, on the other hand, has put in outstanding efforts this year. Having finished second in the Melbourne Summer Set and the Dubai Tennis Championships, she began her Indian Wells campaign by defeating four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka. Despite the contest's turbulence, the 24-year-old remained composed and won the match. She then went further to defeat Marie Bouzkova and Marketa Vondrousova in thrilling sets to land herself in the quarterfinals.
Considering her dominance in the head-to-head records and her recent win over the Four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka, Kudermetova will enter the match accompanied with immense confidence. Meanwhile, Badosa hasn't lost a set in this tournament and has been demonstrating tremendous form. Also, the Spaniard's strong serve, combined with her experience in the soil will incline towards her favour.
Semifinalist: Paula Badosa.
World No. 6 Maria Sakkari will take part in a thrilling contest against the Kazakh Elena Rybakina in the fourth match of the women's singles quarterfinals.
Maria Sakkari has had a strong start to the season, reaching the finals in St. Petersburg and the Qatar Open quarterfinals. Previously the Greek was upset by Viktorija Golubic in the Indian Wells tournament. However, this year, she has rectified her mistakes and started her campaign with a bang by defeating Katerina Siniakova, Two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova and Daria Saville to secure a place for herself in the last eight.
Elena Rybakina's promising start to the season was also hampered by injury and illness. In her first competition of 2022, the Kazakh advanced all the way to the final in Adelaide. Since then, she has fought back against Alison Van Uytvanck, former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, and Viktorija Golubic, overcoming her physical challenges. In the process, she swiftly entered the quarterfinals.
After defeating a few major names in the tournament, both players will go into the match being highly confident. Considering their playing style, both of them are highly aggressive baseliners and wouldn't let go of the match without giving each other a run for their money. However, Rybakina is expected to take one step ahead towards the semifinals by winning this match, given her form in the tournament. In addition, regardless of the winner, viewers will be treated to a riveting match that could go all the way to the third set.
Semifinalist: Elena Rybakina.