Indian Wells 2015 Draw: Results, Player Seedings, Brackets and Twitter Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2015

In this Feb. 26, 2015 photo, Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during a Mexican Tennis Open quarterfinal match in Acapulco, Mexico. Top-seeded Sharapova beat Rybarikova to reach the Mexico Open semifinals. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
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Outside of the Grand Slams, no tournament is bigger in tennis than Indian Wells, where the top men and women all gather to compete for a huge title. 

Below, we'll take a look at the top seeds, the draws and offer predictions for which players will come out on top.

Women's Draw

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31:  Serena Williams of the United States reacts to a point in her women's final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day 13 of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 31, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia
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The full draw can be found at BNPParibasOpen.com.

Women's Top Seeds
1Serena Williams
2Maria Sharapova
3Simona Halep
4Caroline Wozniacki
5Ana Ivanovic
6Eugenie Bouchard
7Agnieszka Radwanska
8Ekaterina Makarova
9Andrea Petkovic
10Lucie Safarova
11Sara Errani
12Carla Suarez Navarro
13Angelique Kerber
14Karolina Pliskova
15Flavia Pennetta
16Madison Keys

Serena Williams' quarterfinal bracket seems like smooth sailing. A potential fourth-round matchup against Angelique Kerber could be tricky, while a quarterfinal matchup against either Ekaterina Makarova or Lucie Safarova could be a challenge. Still, Williams would be expected to win any of those matches.

Even the semifinals should be a breeze for Williams, with Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep looking like the biggest threats. 

Of course, the biggest story is simply the return of Williams to the tournament, per Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

In her first match at Indian Wells in 14 years, Serena Williams will play the winner of Monica Niculescu and Aleksandra Krunic.

Williams wrote about the events that caused her to skip the tournament for over a decade in an article for Time last month:

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The tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., held a special place in my heart. I won my first pro match there in 1997, alongside my sister in doubles. I then sat and watched Venus qualify for the singles event and make a magical run all the way to the quarterfinals. It was a giant win not only for her but also for our whole family, and it marked the beginning of a new era that we were unknowingly writing. My first big tournament win also happened there, when I beat Steffi Graf in the ’99 final.

When I arrived at Indian Wells in 2001, I was looking to take another title. I was ready. But however ready I was, nothing could have prepared me for what happened in the final. As I walked out onto the court, the crowd immediately started jeering and booing. In my last match, the semifinals, I was set to play my sister, but Venus had tendinitis and had to pull out. Apparently that angered many fans. 

Now she's back. Hopefully the reception is positive from both the fans and Williams.

In the third quarter, Caroline Wozniacki and Eugenie Bouchard will be the favorites, though CoCo Vandeweghe, Andrea Petkovic and Madison Keys, among others, could all play spoiler. Whichever player survives arguably the most stacked quarter will likely have either Ana Ivanovic, Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta, Victoria Azarenka or Maria Sharapova awaiting them.

A potential third-round matchup between Sharapova and a healthy, in-form Azarenka could be truly intriguing. SI Tennis on Twitter is anticipating that matchup:

SI Tennis @SI_Tennis

Victoria Azarenka lands in Maria Sharapova's section. Could face off in the third round. Blockbuster. #BNPPO15

In the end, though, this tournament feels like it will be all about Williams.

Prediction: Serena Williams wins

Men's Draw

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 26:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand against Marsel Ilhan of Turkey during their men's singles quarterfinal match of the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships at the Dubai Duty Free Stadium on February 2
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The full draw can be found at BNPParibasOpen.com.

Men's Top Seeds
1Novak Djokovic
2Roger Federer
3Rafael Nadal
4Andy Murray
5Kei Nishikori
6Milos Raonic
7Stan Wawrinka
8David Ferrer
9Tomas Berdych
10Marin Cilic
11Grigor Dimitrov
12Feliciano Lopez
13Gilles Simon
14Ernests Gulbis
15Roberto Bautista Agut
16Kevin Anderson

As usual, the expectation will be that Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray will be the foursome making up the semifinals. 

Sure, maybe David Ferrer will give the Djoker a run for his money in the quarters. Maybe Kei Nishikori can knock out Murray. Perhaps Milos Raonic can knock off Nadal. Stan Wawrinka or Tomas Berdych are capable of upsetting Federer. 

But c'mon—we all expect the Big Four to meet in the semifinals of any tournament. Of course, Federer might just have bigger fish to fry at this point in his career, per NYT Sports on Twitter:

NYT Sports @NYTSports

Approaching 34, Roger Federer is still chasing titles, but is also chasing novelty: http://t.co/2igmIU29oF http://t.co/YQWbPhpeFu

That must be what you get for the man who already has everything. Don't expect him to nab Indian Wells, however—on this hard court, look for Djokovic to take the win.

Prediction: Novak Djokovic wins

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