Alberta Brianti – Silvia Soler-Espinosa
Soler-Espinosa comes here having lost 7 of her last 8 matches, and she has never been to Indian Wells before. Not the best preparation.
She has played Brianti twice before and lost 6-1 6-1 and 6-0 6-4. Her form doesn’t appear to be one good enough to overturn such a deficit.
Irina-Camelia Begu – Lucie Hradecka
Begu progressed a lot last year, but we still have to see her succeeding on hard court as well and especially under the circumstances in Indian Wells where some players for some reason find it hard to perform.
Hrdecka is more used to these kind of tournaments and reached the 3rd round here last year, where Begu debuts this year.
Ekaterina Makarova – Bethanie Mattek-Sands
A warning has to be issued here; Mattek-Sands has reached the 2nd round the last 3 years, but nevertheless I think the price on Makarova is too high.
She reached the quarterfinals at Australian Open which is something of a feat that Mattek-Sands hasn’t even come close to doing ever.
I believe it shows that Makarova is simply a better a player and with a bit of consistency in her game she can go places. Don’t forget; she beat Serena Williams during Australian Open.