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Tennis: Overview of 2021 BNP Paribas Open held at Indian Wells, USA

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Cameron Norrie won Indian Wells Masters 1000 TitleThe 2021 BNP Paribas Open, also known as the 2021 Indian Wells Masters or 2021 Indian Wells Open, was held from 4th to 17th October 2021 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Indian Wells, California, the United States of America(USA).

This marks the 47th edition of the men’s BNP Paribas Open (ATP Masters) and the 32nd Edition of the women’s BNP Paribas Open (WTA Masters).

About BNP Paribas Open:

  • The BNP Paribas Open is the largest combined ATP Tour Masters 1000 and WTA 1000 tennis event.
  • It is annually held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, the USA.

Cameron Norrie won his maiden ATP Masters 1000 by winning the Men’s singles title at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open:

British tennis player, Cameron Norrie, won his first-ever ATP Masters 1000 by winning the Men’s singles title at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open over Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Indian Wells, California, the United States of America(USA).

  • Cameron Norrie (World No. 26) became the first man ranked outside the Top 25 to win in the desert since Ivan Ljubicic in 2010.
  • He also became the first British player to win a title of any kind at the BNP Paribas Open.
  • With this win, Cameron Norrie has risen to rank 16 in the ATP Rankings.

Paula Badosa defeats Victoria Azarenka to win the Women’s Singles Title:

Paula Badosa of Spain won the 2021 women’s singles championship at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open defeating Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka. This is Badosa’s first-ever top tier title.

  • Paula Badosa is the first Spaniard to win an Indian Wells Title.
  • With this win, Paula Badosa (World No.26) has risen to No 13 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Rankings.

Rankings 2021:

i.ATP rankings as of 18th October 2021 Novak Djokovic (rank 1) of Serbia tops the ranking followed by Daniil Medvedev(Russia) and Stefanos Tsitsipas(Greece) at rank 2 and 3 respectively.

  • For the first time in around 5 years, Roger Federer of Switzerland has dropped out of the Top 10 in the ATP ranking. At present, he is ranked 11th in the ATP ranking.

ii.WTA Rankings as of 18th October 2021, Ashleigh Barty of Australia tops the ranking followed by Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic (short form name Czechia) at rank 2 and 3 respectively.

Elise Mertens and Su Wei Hsieh won the Women’s Doubles title:

Elise Mertens of Belgium and Su Wei Hsieh of Taiwan won the 2021 Women’s doubles title at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open against Veronika Kudermetova of Russia and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan.

  • This marks the 2nd WTA 1000 title of the duo as a team, following the duo’s 2021 Wimbledon title in women’s doubles.
  • Elise Mertens and Su Wei Hsieh are now qualified for the year end WTA Finals.

Key Points:

i.Previously Su Wei Hsieh has won the Indian wells’ doubles title in 2014 (with Peng Shuai of China) and 2018(with Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic).

ii.The Indian Wells’s 2021 Women’s Doubles title marks her 30th doubles title of her career.

John Peers and Filip Polasek won the Men’s Doubles title:

John Peers of Australia and Filip Polasek of Slovakia won the Men’s Doubles title at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open against Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev of Russia.

  • This marks the 4th ATP Masters 1000 title of John Peers, he won his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Canada 2018.
  • This also marks his 25th career title.

Winners of 2021 BNP Paribas Open:

Category Winners Runners
Men’s singles Cameron Norrie(UK) Nikoloz Basilashvili(Georgia)
Women’s singles Paula Badosa(Spain) Victoria Azarenka(Belarus)
Men’s doubles John Peers(Australia)

Filip Polášek(Slovakia)

Aslan Karatsev(Russia)

Andrey Rublev(Russia)

Women’s doubles Hsieh Su-wei (Chinese Taipei)

Elise Mertens (Belgium)

Veronika Kudermetova(Russia)

Elena Rybakina(Kazakhstan)