Bia will lead IW and Miami, Laura in both qualis

With an eye on the top 10, Bia has just 100 points left to defend in Indian Wells and Miami

Photo: Archive

Indian Wells (USA) – After performing in Australia in January and in three tournaments in the Middle East during the month of February, Beatriz Haddad Maia will play two WTA 1000s in a row in the United States in March. The Brazilian number 1 and 13th in the world will play in Indian Wells from next Wednesday, the 8th, then head to Miami, which starts on March 21. Since he is the top seed, he will go straight to the second round of both tournaments.

In Indian Wells, Bia will make her fourth appearance in the main draw. She had a great campaign in 2021, when she left the qualifiers and reached the round of 16, even beating the then world number 3 Karolina Pliskova, before being defeated by Anett Kontaveit. The 26-year-old took part in the event for the first time in 2018 and fell on her debut, in addition to stopping in the second round last year.

Bia’s history in Miami is longer, especially due to invitations she received in 2016 and 2017, when she was passed by Teliana Pereira and Venus Williams. In 2018, he stopped in the third round, against Latvian Jelena Ostapenko. The São Paulo southpaw stalled again in qualifying in 2019 and returned to the main draw last year, when she beat then top 3 finisher Maria Sakkari in the second round, but stopped at the next step for the Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina.

Competing for a place in the top 10
With 2,000 points up for grabs next month, Bia will have just 100 points to defend, 35 at Indian Wells and 65 at Miami, and has strong campaigns to challenge for an unprecedented top-10 spot. current tenth place Elena Rybakina is at 679 points. The Kazakh has 2,935 compared to the Brazilian’s 2,256.

Bia alongside Siegemund in doubles, Stefani with Dabrowski
In doubles, Bia is signed up to play alongside experienced 34-year-old German Laura Siegemund in Indian Wells. It should be noted the Return of Luísa Stefani’s partnership with Canadian Gabriela Dabrowskiwhich was already confirmed last week by the Brazilian team.

Pigossi will try to return to the top 100
Already the number 2 of Brazil Laura Pigossi will try both qualities. He needs two wins in each tournament to enter the main draw. At 28, Pigossi is very close to a return to the top 100. She occupies 102nd place, just two points from the current 100th place. The São Paulo native was in the top 100 in the world for the first time in August last season.

Laura Davis

"Total troublemaker. Alcohol aficionado. Social media specialist. Friendly travel nerd."

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *