Iga Swiatek will be aiming to claim victory in consecutive tournaments for the first time in almost four years when she hits the court in Indian Wells this weekend for the 2022 BNP Paribas Open as a 7.00 favourite. The native of Poland is coming off her first victory of 2022 at last month’s Qatar TotalEnergies Open but will have plenty of competition in the desert. Anett Kontaveit closely trails Swiatek as a 10.00 but, just ahead of Naomi Osaka, who joins Simona Halep at 10.00.
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|2022 Indian Wells Women's Singles Odds|
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Swiatek Sports Narrow Lead
Iga Swiatek has looked poised to bust out since her steady performance in Melbourne to start the year. Currently pegged at No. 4 on the WTA rankings, Swiatek impressed with her run to the semi-finals at the Australian Open, and followed up with a dominant performance in Qatar, where she lost just one set in five matches on her way to the tournament win.
Iga Swiatek defeats Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-0 to win the Qatar Open.
— Lukas Weese (@Weesesports) February 26, 2022
Swiatek disposed of some tough opponents in Qatar, knocking off top seed Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets in the quarter-finals, and closing things out with a semi-final win over Maruia Sakkari, and a victory over Anett Kontaveit in the finals. The 20-year-old has reached the semis in three of her past four tour appearances but has work to do to reverse a dismal track record at Indian Wells after making early exits in each of the past two editions of this event.
Throwback to when 🇪🇪 Kontaveit defeated world #1 Kerber 6-4 6-0 in Rome (2017). pic.twitter.com/Wsb1h8l5L8
— Ryan (@Some1NamedRyan) March 4, 2022
Kontaveit also aims to build on recent success in her return to Indian Wells. While the 26-year-old came up short in the final versus Swiatek in Qatar, it is important to note that she has reached the final in four of her past seven tour appearances, earning wins in St. Petersburg and Transylvania. However, the talented Estonian also has to get over past failure at Indian Wells, where she has never advanced past the quarter-finals.
Badosa slumped in her recent trip to the Middle East, but is poised to become the first woman to defend her title at Indian Wells in three decades
Badosa Offers Attractive Odds to Repeat
Two former BNP Paribas Open winners represent the biggest challenge to the favourites. Eager to put the drama of the past year behind her, Naomi Osaka looks to claim her second-ever title at Indian Wells. Osaka has struggled since following up her win at the 2020 US Open with a victory at the 2021 Australian Open. The four-time Grand Slam winner has reached the semi-finals just once in nine appearances and has been idle since being bounced from the 2022 Australian Open in the Round of 32.
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 11, 2022
Halep saw little action in 2021, sitting out both the French Open and Wimbledon. However, the 30-year-old has flashed vintage form at times in her return, advancing at least as far as the semis in four of six outings, including a victory at the Melbourne Summer Set this past January.
“The fear of losing can kill you and there isn’t an easy fix, it’s a process you just have to push through.”
— TennisNow (@Tennis_Now) March 8, 2022
Conversely, the defending champion at this event, Paula Badosa has kept very busy since last year and offers intriguing value as a 15.00 bet to become the first woman to successfully defend her title at Indian Wells since the legendary Martina Navratilova, in 1991. Badosa has reached the semi-finals on three occasions and claimed two tourney wins since her victory here last fall. And while she enjoyed little success in two recent tourneys in the Middle East, Badosa remains worthy of a value wager this time around.
Best Bet: Paula Badosa (15.00)
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