Kim Clijsters Joins Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu, and Others in Indian Wells 2021 Wild Card Entries

Published 10/01/2021, 12:22 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Kim Clijsters of Belgium smiles during the mixed doubles match between John McEnroe of the United States and his partner Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Martina Navratilova of the United States and Jamie Murray of Great Britain during the Wimbledon No. 1 Court Celebration in support of the Wimbledon Foundation at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on May 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Former World No.1 Kim Clijsters has finally returned to the WTA Tour after a year-long break from tennis. She last played at the US Open 2020 before her comeback match at the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic Open 2021. However, fans can further celebrate as she now has received a wild card entry into the upcoming WTA 1000 Indian Wells 2021 tournament.

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In Chicago, Clijsters crashed out in the opening round against Hsieh Su-Wei, 3-6, 7-5. 3-6. However, considering her lengthy break because of injury, the 38-year-old Belgian played impressively on her return. As a result, Clijsters will be ready for the WTA 1000 event in the desert.

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Apart from her, Caty McNally, Claire Liu, Katie Volynets, Katrina Scott, Ashlyn Krueger, and Elsa Jacquemot also received main draw wild cards. Besides, the tournament starts on 6th October and will run until 17th October 2021.

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Who all received wild card entries in Indian Wells 2021?

Interestingly, Indian Wells will also be returning on the Tour since its last edition in March 2019. Even though October is not the events’ traditional time, players and fans are both excited for the showdown in the desert.

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 17: Angelique Kerber of Germany serves to Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the women’s final of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 17, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Additionally, the wild card entries at this tournament are as power-packed as the main draw itself. Hence, the BNP Paribas Open guarantees thorough entertainment, courtesy of its star-studded line-up. 

Andy Murray, Jack Sock, Holger Rune, Jenson Brooksby, and Zach Svajda have received the wild cards on the men’s side. Similarly, Kim Clijsters, Emma Raducanu, Caty McNally, Claire Liu, Katie Volynets, Katrina Scott, Ashlyn Krueger, and Elsa Jacquemot have received WC’s on the women’s side.

Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka to miss Indian Wells

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Unfortunately, the Indian Wells will not host Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, or Serena Williams. 2021 Wimbledon Championship winner, Ashleigh Barty, joins Naomi Osaka among those to have withdrawn from the tournament.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Naomi Osaka of Japan looks dejected during her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the third round of the women’s singles at the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Conclusively, all the players will have equal opportunities to make the most at this event. But above all, it is Daniil Medvedev who has the chance to become the World No.1, winning a second title in a row.

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All in all, the Indian Wells 2021 will be home to high-quality tennis for 12 days, starting next week. Only time will tell who will endure enough to lift the trophy on the final day. 

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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