The leading WTA stars converge in the Californian desert between March 6-17 as the first Premier Mandatory tournament of 2019 gets underway at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells!

The BNP Paribas Open is guaranteed another new champion in 2019 as reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber takes on the new star Bianca Andreescu in the final on Sunday 17 March.

Can the 18-year-old Andreescu cap an incredible fortnight with victory over the three-time Grand Slam champion?

Bianca Andreescu (WC) vs Angelique Kerber (8) is live from Indian Wells on Sunday, 17 March from 8:00pm GMT. Click link for full match preview.

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WTA Indian Wells tournament schedule

WTA Indian Wells Seeds

Here is a complete list of the seeds at the BNP Paribas Open in 2019.

Seeded players at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open

SeedPlayerPrevious bestNext match
1Naomi OsakaChampion (2018)R1: Bye
R2: d. Kristina Mladenovic, 6-3, 6-4
R3: d. Danielle Collins (25), 6-4, 6-2
R16: Lost to Belinda Bencic (23), 3-6, 1-6
2Simona HalepChampion (2015)R1: Bye
R2: d. Barbora Strycova, 6-2, 6-4
R3: d. Kateryna Kozlova (Q), -6(3), 7-5
R16: Lost to Marketa Vondrousova, 2-6, 6-3, 2-6
3Petra KvitovaQF (2013, 2016)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Venus Williams, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6
4Sloane StephensQF (2014)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Stefanie Voegele, 3-6, 0-6
5Karolina PliskovaSF (2016-17)R1: Bye
R2: d. Misaki Doi (Q), 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-1
R3: d. Ysaline Bonaventure (Q), 6-3, 6-2
R16: d. Anett Kontaveit (21), 7-6(0, 4-6, 6-2
QF: Lost to Belinda Bencic (23), 3-6, 6-4, 3-6
6Elina SvitolinaR16 (2015, 2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Sofia Kenin, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
R3: d. Daria Gavrilova, 7-5, 6-4
R16: d. Ashleigh Barty (12), 7-6(8), 5-7, 6-4
QF: d. Marketa Vondrousova, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
SF: Lost to Bianca Andreescu, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6
7Kiki BertensR3 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Magda Linette, 6-4, 6-1
R3: d. Johanna Konta, 7-6(10), 6-4
R16: Lost to Garbine Muguruza (20), 7-5, 1-6, 4-6
8Angelique KerberSF (2012-13)R1: Bye
R2: d. Yulia Putintseva, 6-0, 6-2
R3: d. Natalia Vikhlyantseva (Q), 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
R16: d. Aryna Sabalenka (9), 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
QF: d. Venus Williams, 7-6(3), 6-3
SF: d. Belinda Bencic (23), 6-4, 6-2
9Aryna SabalenkaR3 (2018)R1: Bye
R2: d. Ajla Tomljanovic, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
R3: d. Lesia Tsurenko (24), 6-2, 7-5
R16: Lost to Angelique Kerber (8), 1-6, 6-4, 4-6
10Serena WilliamsChampion (1999, 2001)R1: Bye
R2: d. Victoria Azarenka, 7-5, 6-3
R3: Lost to Garbine Muguruza (20), 3-6, 0-1 (ret.)
11Anastasija SevastovaR16 (2018)R1: Bye
R2: d. Madison Brengle, 6-3, 6-4
R3: Lost to Anett Kontaveit (21), 0-5 ret.
12Ashleigh BartyR2 (2018)R1: Bye
R2: d. Tatjana Maria, 6-4, 6-4
R3: d. Jennifer Brady (WC), 6-3, 6-2
R16: Lost to Elina Svitolina (6), 6-7(8), 7-5, 4-6
13Caroline WozniackiChampion (2011)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Ekaterina Alexandrova, 5-7, 6-2, 5-7
14Daria KasatkinaRunner-up (2018)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Marketa Vondrousova, 2-6, 1-6
15Julia GoergesR16 (2012)R1: Bye
R2: d. Kaia Kanepi, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
R3: Lost to Mona Barthel, 5-7, 6-1, 4-6
16Elise MertensR2 (2018)R1: Bye
R2: d. Amanda Anisimova, 6-4, 6-2
R3: Lost to Wang Qiang (18), 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 3-6
17Madison KeysR16 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Mona Barthel, 6-3, 1-6, 5-7
18Wang QiangR16 (2018)R1: Bye
R2: d. Bernarda Pera, 7-6(5), 6-2
R3: d. Elise Mertens (16), 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 6-3
R16: Lost to Bianca Andreescu, 5-7, 2-6
19Caroline GarciaR16 (2015, 2017-18)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Jennifer Brady, 3-6 6-3, 0-6
20Garbine MuguruzaQF (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Lauren Davis, 6-1, 6-3
R3: d. Serena Williams (10), 6-3, 1-0 (ret.)
R16: d. Kiki Bertens (7), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
QF: Lost to Bianca Andreescu, 0-6, 1-6
21Anett KontaveitR2 (2017-18)R1: Bye
R2: d. Monica Puig, 6-3, 7-6(4)
R3: d. Anastasija Sevastova (11), 5-0 (ret.)
R16: Lost to Karolina Pliskova (5), 6-7(), 6-4, 2-6 
22Jelena OstapenkoR3 (2018)R1: Bye
R2: d. Zhang Shuai, 6-2, 6-1
R3: Lost to Marketa Vondrousova, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6
23Belinda BencicR16 (2015)R1: Bye
R2: d. Alison van Uytvanck, 6-4, 6-1
R3: d. Ekaterina Alexandrova, 6-4, 6-2
R16: d. Naomi Osaka (1), 6-3, 6-1
QF: d. Karolina Pliskova (5), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
SF: Lost to Angelique Kerber (8), 4-6, 2-6
24Lesia TsurenkoQF (2015)R1: Bye
R2: d. Jessica Pegula 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
R3: Lost to Aryna Sabalenka (9), 2-6, 5-7
25Danielle CollinsR16 (2018)R1: Bye
R2: d. Kirsten Flipkens, 6-4, 6-1
R3: Lost to Naomi Osaka (1), 4-6, 2-6
26Carla Suarez NavarroQF (2015, 2018)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Natalia Vikhlyantseva, 2-6, 0-6
27Su-Wei HsiehR2 (2013, 2018)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Johanna Konta, 2-6, 0-6
28Donna VekicR2 (2014-15, 2017)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Ysaline Bonaventure (Q), 6-1, 6-7(5), 4-6
29Mihaela BuzarnescuR1 (2018)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Daria Gavrilova, 2-6, 2-6
30Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaSF (2009)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Christina McHale, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6
31Aliaksandra SasnovichR3 (2018)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Kateryna Kozlova, 4-6, 6-2, 0-6
32Dominika CibulkovaQF (2014)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Bianca Andreescu, 2-6, 2-6

WTA Indian Wells players 2019

Another star-studded edition of the BNP Paribas Open saw the best players in the world battle it out in the Californian desert over ten days, with Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and 18-year-old phenomenon Bianca Andreescu advancing to the final.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Kerber made back-to-back semifinals at Indian Wells in 2012-13 but hadn't made it to the final four since - until 2019. Kerber was not the favourite to come through to the final from a half of the draw which also included defending champion Naomi Osaka, in-form Petra Kvitova and big-serving Karolina Pliskova looking for her third straight semifinal at Indian Wells.

But although Osaka won her first couple of matches, the Australian Open champion fell victim to 23rd seed Belinda Bencic, the Swiss starlet on incredible form after capturing the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title. Bencic stretched her winning streak to 12 matches (six of which had come over top-10 players) as she stopped Pliskova from reaching her third straight Indian Wells semifinal.

Kerber had got some good wins herself, though, claiming her first top-10 win since winning Wimbledon last July with a three-set triumph over Wuhan champion Aryna Sabalenka, and going on to put an end to the brilliant run of Venus Williams, who had survived an early illness and made an incredible comeback from a set and a double break down to oust third seed Petra Kvitova. Williams ran out of gas against Kerber, though, losing in straight sets, and the former world no. 1 took care of Bencic in similar style.

In the bottom half of the draw, Sloane Stephens suffered an early exit at the hands of Stefanie Voegele but it was Serena Williams who lit up the early stages with a dazzling duel against Victoria Azarenka before being forced to retire due to illness after playing a set against Garbine Muguruza. Two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza went on to get her first victory over a top-10 player since the previous February as she came back from a set down against seventh seed Kiki Bertens - but she had no response to the onslaught of Bianca Andreescu.

The 18-year-old Canadian had won more matches than anyone else in 2019 as she shoots up the rankings and allowed Muguruza just one game in a statement win before going on to triumph over Elina Svitolina in three sets. The WTA Finals Singapore champion had survived the longest match of the year against Ashleigh Barty before ending the run of another teenager, Marketa Vondrousova, who had ousted second seed Simona Halep, but she had no adequate response to the power and variety of Andreescu as the newest star in women's tennis won the biggest match of her career to become the first wildcard ever to make the BNP Paribas Open final.

Naomi Osaka returns to defend her Indian Wells title in 2019

About the BNP Paribas Open

One of the biggest events in tennis, the BNP Paribas Open – also known as the Indian Wells Masters – is one of only two tournaments outside the four Grand Slams to last longer than a week, with the tournament unfolding over two weeks at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Californian desert. The property of billionaire Larry Ellison, CEO and co-founder of Oracle, the tournament and the venue features the second-largest tennis stadium in the world. 

Indian Wells has roots stretching back to 1976 when the tournament began a five-year run at the Mission Hills Country Club in the Coachella Valley before moving to the La Quinta Hotel under the direction of Charlie Pasarell. The tournament went through a large number of different names and title sponsors before its current facilities at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden were developed and it became known in 2009 as the BNP Paribas Open. The women’s tournament was held a week prior to the men’s until 1996, when the two events were combined to create the BNP Paribas Open.

Founded by ex-tennis pros Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore, the tournament now called the BNP Paribas Open is a Masters 1000 Series event for the men and a Premier Mandatory event for the women, meaning that it is one of a small number of events at which the best players on both tours are required to appear. Beyond that, Indian Wells is an incredibly popular event for both players and fans. Played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which features 29 courts including a 16,100-seat main stadium which is the second-largest tennis stadium in the world and an 8,000-set Stadium 2 which was added after redevelopment began in 2013, the BNP Paribas Open is one of just two events outside the four majors at which main-draw play extends beyond a week. The second is the Miami Open, which directly follows Indian Wells on the calendar. Winning both events in the same year is one of the most difficult feats in tennis and is known as the 'Sunshine Double'. Only seven men - most recently Roger Federer in 2017 - and three women, most recently Victoria Azarenka in 2016, have completed the 'Sunshine Double'. 

Players who have completed the Sunshine Double

PlayerNo. of times completedYears
Novak Djokovic42011, 2014-16
Roger Federer32005-6, 2017
Steffi Graf21994, 1996
Jim Courier11991
Michael Chang11992
Pete Sampras11994
Marcelo Rios11998
Andre Agassi12001
Kim Clijsters12005
Victoria Azarenka12016

Indian Wells is the first Masters 1000 Series or Premier Mandatory event on the tennis calendar and punctuates the long stretch between the Australian Open in January and the French Open in late May, bringing the first quarter of the year, dominated as it is by hard courts, to an exciting climax before the tours move on to clay courts. Many if not most of the all-time greats of the game have captured the title at Indian Wells, starting with John Newcombe beating Arthur Ashe in the final of the inaugural tournament in 1974; Jimmy Connors (1976, 1981, 1984), Boris Becker (1987-8), Stefan Edberg (1980), Jim Courier (1991, 1993), Michael Chang (1992, 1996-7), Pete Sampras (1994-5), Andre Agassi (2001) and Lleyton Hewitt (2002-3) have all proved popular champions in the desert on the men's side, while the shorter history of the women's event has seen Martina Navratilova (1990-1), Monica Seles (1992), Steffi Graf (1994, 1996), Martina Hingis (1998), Kim Clijsters (2003, 2005) and Justine Henin (2004) taking the crown. 

In recent years, the 'Big Four' have established dominance over the men's event at the BNP Paribas Open. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic between them share the all-time record for most Indian Wells titles, with each winning five times; Federer between 2004 and 2017, when he won his first title in five years and went on to complete a third Sunshine Double, and Djokovic between 2008 and 2016, winning four Sunshine Doubles over that period. On the women's side, no one has ever won more than two BNP Paribas Open titles. Serena Williams took the crown in 1999 and 2001 and would undoubtedly have won more times were it not for a self-imposed boycott of the tournament due to being bombarded with booing and racial slurs on her way to her second title, which caused her to stay away from Indian Wells until she decided to return in 2015 (sister Venus followed suit in 2016). In Williams's absence, Maria Sharapova (2006, 2013), Daniela Hantuchova (2002, 2007), Caroline Wozniacki (2011), Victoria Azarenka (2012, 2016) and Simona Halep (2015) have all been notable champions in the desert. Elena Vesnina stormed to a shock title win in 2017, while Naomi Osaka announced herself as a star of the future as she claimed her maiden WTA title in the 2018 showpiece, overcoming fellow young gun Daria Kasatkina in straight sets.

WTA Indian Wells tournament information

Indian Wells 2019 tournament information

BNP Paribas Open 2019Indian Wells
Dates4-17 March 2018
LocationIndian Wells, California, USA
VenueIndian Wells Tennis Garden
SurfaceHard (Plexipave), outdoor
ATP World Tour categoryMasters 1000
WTA Tour categoryPremier Mandatory
Entrants96 singles / 32 doubles
Number of seeds32
Reigning men's championJuan Martin del Potro
Reigning women's championNaomi Osaka
Prize money (men)US$7,037,595
Prize money (women)US$6,844,139

A jovial moment between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka after the 2016 BNP Paribas Open final

Former WTA Indian Wells champions

Previous winners of the BNP Paribas Open

1989Manuela Maleeva Jenny Byrne
1990Martina NavratilovaHelena Sukova
1991Martina Navratilova (2)Monica Seles
1992Monica SelesConchita Martinez
1993Mary Joe FernandezAmanda Coetzer
1994Steffi GrafAmanda Coetzer
1995Mary Joe Fernandez (2)Natasha Zvereva
1996Steffi Graf (2)Conchita Martinez
1997Lindsay DavenportIrina Spirlea
1998Martina HingisLindsay Davenport
1999Serena WilliamsSteffi Graf
2000Lindsay Davenport (2)Martina Hingis
2001Serena Williams (2)Kim Clijsters
2002Daniela HantuchovaKim Clijsters
2003Kim ClijstersLindsay Davenport
2004Justine HeninLindsay Davenport
2005Kim Clijsters (2)Lindsay Davenport
2006Maria SharapovaElena Dementieva
2007Daniela Hantuchova (2)Svetlana Kuznetsova
2008Ana IvanovicSvetlana Kuznetsova
2009Vera ZvonarevaAna Ivanovic
2010Jelena JankovicCaroline Wozniacki
2011Caroline WozniackiMarion Bartoli
2012Victoria AzarenkaMaria Sharapova
2013Maria Sharapova (2)Caroline Wozniacki
2014Flavia PennettaAgnieszka Radwanska
2015Simona HalepJelena Jankovic
2016Victoria Azarenka (2)Serena Williams
2017Elena VesninaSvetlana Kuznetsova
2018Naomi OsakaDaria Kasatkina

WTA Indian Wells ranking points

WTA Premier Mandatory ranking points

Round96-player draw64-player draw28-player draw
Round of 16120120120
Round of 32656510
Round of 643510-
Round of 12810--

WTA Indian Wells Records

Here are some of the most significant records & statistics from the BNP Paribas Open.

Most titles
There is currently a 9-way tie (!) for most women's singles titles at the BNP Paribas Open, with no player having won more than two titles.
These are the players who won two titles at Indian Wells and the years they did it:
Martina Navratilova - 2 (1990-1)
Mary Joe Fernandez - 2 (1993, 1995)
Steffi Graf - 2 (1994, 1996)
Lindsay Davenport - 2 (1997, 2000)
Serena Williams - 2 (1999, 2001)
Kim Clijsters - 2 (2003, 2005)
Daniela Hantuchova - 2 (2002, 2007)
Maria Sharapova - 2 (2006, 2013)
Victoria Azarenka - 2 (2012, 2016)

Most finals reached
Lindsay Davenport - 6 (1997-8, 2000, 2003-5)

Most consecutive titles
Martina Navratilova (1990-1) is the only woman to have won back-to-back titles at the BNP Paribas Open

Most consecutive finals
Lindsay Davenport reached three consecutive finals in 2003-5, losing all three (twice to Kim Clijsters and once to Justine Henin)

Longest winning streak
Martina Navratilova won 10 straight matches in 1990-91

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