Nadal, Wozniacki lead lineup for Indian Wells
The lineup for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells was announced Wednesday and includes the top three players on the men's and women's tours: Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki (No. 1), Roger Federer and Vera Zvonareva (No. 2) and Novak Djokovic and Kim Clijsters (No. 3). The tournament runs March 7-20.
Nadal, however, appeared to suffer a thigh injury Wednesday in his quarterfinal match at the Australian Open against fellow Spaniard David Ferrer and wound up losing, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
Wozniacki, a finalist at last year's BNP Paribas Open, is seeking her first Grand Slam title this week at the Australian Open and is into the semifinals.
Federer, the only man to win the BNP Paribas Open three years in a row (2004-2006), will face Djokovic in Thursday's semifinal at the Australian Open.
The Indian Wells tournament will also feature defending women's champion Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic (2008), Daniela Hantuchova (2007, 2002), and Maria Sharapova (2006); on the men’s side, defending champion Ivan Ljubicic and Lleyton Hewitt (2001-2002) join Nadal, Federer and Djokovic as former champions in the draw.
Others in the field: Robin Soderling, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Ferrer, Andy Roddick, Fernando Verdasco, Mikhail Youhzny, Samantha Stosur, Francesca Schiavone, Mardy Fish, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Sam Querrey, Melanie Oudin, John Isner and the world No. 1 doubles team, Mike and Bob Bryan.
And something new at Indian Wells: the Hawkeye replay technology and video displays will be on all eight match courts.
Photo: Caroline Wozniacki. Credit: William West / AFP