The BNP Paribas Open doubles field has proven to be loaded with competitive teams and this has been very apparent in the opening week in Indian Wells. Four of the top five doubles teams on the Road to Singapore Leaderboard crashed out early at the BNP Paribas Open, with the fifth team (Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci) electing not to play in Indian Wells.
A Premier Mandatory event, Indian Wells is one of the biggest opportunities to earn significant RTS points at a single event with the winner walking away with 1,000 points. With so many early round upsets, teams will look to make a move up the Leaderboard this week in California before heading to another Premier Mandatory event next week, the Miami Open.
Three of the eight seeds remain in the tournament, but two of those seeds will meet in the quarterfinals seventh-seeded Carolina Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik face off against second-seeded duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. The newly formed elite doubles pairing of, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, will play Daniela Hantuchova and Karin Knapp in the quarterfinals.
While Garcia/Srebotnik (RTS No. 7) and Makarova/Vesnina (RTS No. 9) have a chance to move to No.2 in the Leaderboard with a run to the finals, Hingis/Mirza can make an immediate impact on their Road to Singapore and potentially climb into the Top 8 after one event.
Shahar Peer/Vera Zvonareva, Lisa Raymond/Samantha Stosur, Sabine Lisicki/Andrea Petkovic and the winner of Monday’s match between Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Andreja Klepac and Svetlana Kuznetsova/CoCo Vandeweghe will round out the quarterfinalists.
The Road to Singapore continues to heat up in the California desert and with Miami just around the corner, there could be even more significant changes at the top. Be sure to follow the doubles action on wtatennis.com this week.