Following the draw of the tournament in Indian Wells Victoria Azarenka will hold her first match after a prolonged hiatus against UK's Heather Watson. The tournament will also feature Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Aryna Sabalenka. Sasnovich, currently Belarus' top player, will open against Magda Linneth from Poland. They met on the courts 4 times already. At the same time, Sabalenka and with her first-round rival Varvara Lepchenko from the US have never played before.