Serena Williams’ return to aggressive tennis begins at BNP Paribas Open
Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka, who has performed a restricted schedule as a result of she was reluctant to journey whereas concerned in a dispute over the custody of her younger son, and Maria Sharapova, who’s nonetheless working her manner up within the rankings after a 15-month drug suspension, are also unseeded on this match. Each have beforehand gained at Indian Wells. Azarenka will open play in opposition to Heather Watson of Britain, and the winner will face U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, who’s seeded 13th. Sharapova, within the prime half of the draw, will face Naomi Osaka of Japan.