Two-time BNP Paribas Open champion Daniela Hantuchova and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone are set to compete in the women's qualifying event, which features a challenging field of 48.
Live tennis gets underway Monday at 11am local time at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, with the women’s singles qualifying draw officially kicking off the 2017 BNP Paribas Open.
Former world No. 14 Peng Shuai of China is the top seed, the one-time U.S. Open semifinalist coming back from injury. Germany's Carina Witthoeft, ranked No. 69, is seeded second.
Players have to win two qualifying matches to earn one of 12 spots open in the WTA draw. The draw ceremony will be Monday at 3pm at the revamped Stadium Plaza. Admission all day to the Tennis Garden is free for fans, who can also take in practice sessions of the tournament’s biggest stars.
The men’s qualifying event will begin on Tuesday.
Two-time BNP Paribas Open champion Daniela Hantuchova received a wild card into qualifying, which also features 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Maria Sanchez, a former USC Trojan who was the No. 1-ranked NCAA player in college tennis, earned a wild card into qualifying by winning the BNP Paribas Challenge on Saturday.