Athletistic/Tennis. It’s time for the Sunshine Double: the Indian Wells Masters starts first. It will take place from March 6 to 17.

The big favorites for the women’s singles tournament:

Jessica Pegula

World number five Jessica Pegula will prepare for her sixth appearance at Indian Wells 2024 this week.

The American had an average start to the season, recording a semi-final performance at the Adelaide International and a disappointing second-round exit at the Australian Open. The situation became more complicated after her short stay in Melbourne, as Pegula was forced to miss the Middle East tour due to a neck injury.

However, considering Pegula’s performances on hard court, she is certainly among the favorites at Indian Wells. Last year, she reached the fourth round before losing to Petra Kvitova in three sets 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (11).

Elena Rybakina

Defending champion Elena Rybakina is doing well on the women’s circuit this year. She currently has 17 wins in 20 matches, including victories at the Brisbane International and the Abu Dhabi Open. She also finished second at the Qatar Open in Doha.

Rybakina will perform at Indian Wells in 2024 for the fourth time. She had a stellar performance last year, beating Paula Badosa, Karolina Muchova, Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka to win the title, and why shouldn’t she repeat her winning performance this year?

Coco Gauff

Coco is another tennis player for whom the Masters will be her home.

Gauff started the season strong, first defending her title at the ASB Classic and then reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open. She will travel to Indian Wells after being eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championship by Anna Kalinskaya.

Iga Swiatek

Unsurprisingly, world number one Iga Swiatek is among the favorites to win Indian Wells 2024. She is the tournament’s top seed and arrives in California after winning the Qatar Open and her semi-final at the Dubai Championships.

Iga defeated her main rivals Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina in the final matches of the WTA tour. Four of his last five titles have also been won on hard courts.

Arina Sabalenko

Finally, reigning Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka has a strong chance of going the distance in Indian Wells. The Belarusian defended her title in Melbourne without losing a set and has won 11 out of 13 matches this year.

Last year, Sabalenka reached the final in Indian Wells, beating tennis players such as Barbora Krejcikova, Coco Gauff and Maria Sakkari. In the final, Arina lost to Elena Rybkina. This year the final could repeat itself and Sabalenka is capable of revenge.

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