Six players to watch at Indian Wells

Cameron Norrie 🇬🇧

The Brit is in very good form this season and it is just a matter of time before he becomes the British No.1 on the ATP Tour over-taking Dan Evans who he beat in San Diego as well as a 6-3 6-1 win over Denis Shapovalov.

In the recent run-up to the US Open wins were tough to come by for Cam following his title win in Los Cabos, his first ATP title in his fourth final of the season but has continued to show progress as the season has gone on.

It is a good chance to continue this form at Indian Wells and pick up priceless points and you just never know what could happen in this Race to Turin…

Maria Camila Osario Serrano 🇨🇴

Maria is one of only six teenagers in the top 100 on the WTA tour, following her debut dream title win at home in Bogota the Colombian has been finding her feet on the tour and taking opportunities that come her way.

This is all new for the 19 year old and I think it is a time to play and find that rhythm these next 12-14 months. I like the way she plays, her forehand can dictate the pace and open up the court either up the line or cross court.

Leylah Fernandez 🇨🇦

Her tennis was absolutely exceptional in New York, every performance was just breath-taking as match by match went past I ran out of superlatives.

Day after day at the US Open she took players apart, her groundstrokes were ruthless and it will be fascinating to what happens the rest of this season and beyond. Not a bad run to your first Grand Slam Final:

R1 – 7-6 6-2 vs Ana Konjuh
R2 – 7-5 7-5 vs Kaia Kanepi
R3 – 5-7 7-6 6-4 vs Naomi Osaka (3)
R4 – 4-6 7-6 6-2 vs Angie Kerber (16)
QF – 6-3 3-6 7-6 vs Svitolina (5)
SF – 7-6 4-6 6-4 vs Sabalenka (2)

Casper Ruud 🇳🇴

It has been the question in the Norweigan’s game, can he bring it to the hard courts and he has certainly showed that of late. Casper won three consecutive clay court titles after Wimbledon and it has been great to see the 22 year old playing well on the surface.

This has co-incided with him breaking into the top 10 at number 10 for the first time in his career and the more wins he continues to pick increases his chances of being in Turin at the end of the season.

Emma Raducanu 🇬🇧

The eyes of the tennis world will be on Emma and quite rightly so! I think it is super important to just let her play and enjoy the time on court.

It still feels surreal what she did in New York. The performances and the composure in her US Open debut was absolutely insane. Just a reminder:

  • The first qualifier in tennis to win a Grand Slam title
  • The first female player since Serena to win a Grand Slam without dropping a set
  • 10 matches, 10 wins and 20 consecutive sets of tennis won
  • The first player to win a Grand Slam without winning a WTA match
  • The first player to win a Grand Slam in only their second Grand Slam event
  • The first British female to win the US Open since 1968
  • The first British female to win a Grand Slam since 1977

Her tennis is so clean and brutal, I found myself watching and just applauding her brilliance. The construction of every forehand and backhand was hit with a plan behind it, precision, acceleration and variety.

Jenson Brooksby 🇺🇸

It has been a good summer for the American during this hard court swing which ended with a run to the fourth round of the US Open losing to Novak Djokovic in four sets. Jenson made his US Open debut in 2018 and has played 16 of his 19 matches on the ATP Tour this year breaking into the top 100 for the first time.

The 20 year old has good variety in his game moving around the court with slice and is good at the net but can be a little chaotic but impressed Andy Murray during the summer.

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