Raducanu begins maiden Indian Wells campaign – a look ahead to Round 2

The second round of the women’s singles begins at Indian Wells on Friday, with the US Open champion launching her maiden campaign there

Emma Raducanu (Panoramic)

US Open champion Emma Raducanu grabbed a wildcard to join the BNP Paribas Open draw – and she begins her maiden campaign at Indian Wells with a fascinating second-round clash against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Friday evening.

It’s one of the most interesting matches on the women’s side of Round 2 as the 17th seed faces the Belarusian for the very first time. Sasnovich beat another highly-rated youngster in the first round, getting past Maria Camila Osorio Serrano 6-0, 6-4.

Another seeded teenager, Coco Gauff, also got a first-round bye – which means she will now face France’s Caroline Garcia, the former world No 4, in another first-time match. The Frenchwoman beat Kirsten Flipkens in the first round 5-7, 6-4, 6-0.

And the experienced campaigner who put an end to Raducanu’s Wimbledon dream this summer, Ajla Tomljanovic, takes on a two-time Grand Slam champion in Garbine Muguruza. They have played each other four times before – all on hard courts, and oddly all in the second round of a tournament save for one quarter-final, in Monterrey back in 2018. The Spaniard dominates the head-to-head 3-1.

Full Round 2 draw for the BNP Paribas Open women’s singles

Bold denotes Friday’s matches

  • [1] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Magdalena Frech (POL)
  • Mayar Sherif (EGY) v [29] Nadia Podoroska (ARG)
  • [18] Anett Kontaveit (EST) v Martina Trevisan (ITA)
  • Alison Riske (USA) v [16] Bianca Andreescu (CAN)
  • [12] Ons Jabeur (TUN) v Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
  • Lauren Davis (USA) v [22] Danielle Collins (USA)
  • [28] Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) v Anna Kalinskaya (RUS)
  • Viktorija Golubic (SUI) v [6] Maria Sakkari (GRE)
  • [3] Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) v Zarina Diyas (KAZ)
  • Amanda Anisimova (USA) v [30] Camila Giorgi (ITA)
  • [21] Paula Badosa (ESP) v Dayana Yastremska (UKR)
  • Caroline Garcia (FRA) v [15] Coco Gauff (USA)
  • [10] Angelique Kerber (GER) v Katerina Siniakova (CZE)
  • Astra Sharma (AUS) v [20] Daria Kasatkina (RUS)
  • [26] Tamara Zidansek (SVK) v Ana Konjuh (CRO)
  • Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v [5] Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
  • [7] Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Arantxa Rus (NED)
  • Magda Linette (POL) v [27] Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
  • [17] Emma Raducanu (GBR) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)
  • Marta Kostyuk (UKR) v [11] Simona Halep (ROU)
  • [14] Elise Mertens (BEL) v Jasmine Paolini (ITA)
  • Sloane Stephens (USA) v [19] Jessica Pegula (USA)
  • [32] Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v Misaki Doi (JPN)
  • Tereza Martincova (CZE) v [4] Elina Svitolina (UKR)
  • [8] Belinda Bencic (SUI) v Shelby Rogers (USA)
  • Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v [31] Jil Teichmann (SUI)
  • [23] Leylah Fernandez (CAN) v Alize Cornet (FRA)
  • Madison Keys (USA) v [9] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
  • [13] Elena Rybakina (KAZ) v Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)
  • Hsieh Su-wei (TPE) v [24] Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
  • [25] Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) v Liudmila Samsonova (RUS)
  • Petra Martic (CRO) v [2] Iga Swiatek (POL)
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