Facebook Social Button Twitter Social Button Follow Us on InstagramYouTube Social Button
NewsScoresRankingsLucky Letcord PodcastShopPro GearPickleballGear Sale

Popular This Week

Net Notes - A Tennis Now Blog

Net Posts

Industry Insider - A Tennis Now Blog

Industry Insider

Second Serve - A Tennis Now Blog

Second Serve


By Richard Pagliaro | @Tennis_Now | Friday, March 8, 2024

Indian Wells has lost its defending champion. 

Reigning champion Elena Rybakina has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open due to illness.

More: Simona Halep Will Return at Miami Open

Rybakina's withdrawal extends a streak of champion's unable to defend in the desert.

Martina Navratilova, who defended in 1991, is the last woman to successfully defend Indian Wells.

World No. 4 Rybakina has roared to a 17-3 start on the season.

Rybakina opened the season crushing Aryna Sabalenka to capture Brisbane. Last month, Rybakina swept Daria Kasatkina to collect her seventh career title in Abu Dhabi and reached the Doha final falling to world No. 1 Iga Swiatek.

The 2022 Wimbledon winner conceded a walkover to Jasmine Paolini in the Dubai quarterfinals.

A year ago, Rybakina out-dueled Aryna Sabalenka 7-6(11), 6-4 in the Indian Wells final.

Photo credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty