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Former French Open Champion Schiavone, Headline Tough Women’s Qualifying Field at Indian Wells

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Two-time BNP Paribas Open champion Daniela Hantuchova and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone are set to compete in the women’s qualifying event, which features a challenging field of 48.

Live tennis gets underway Monday at 11am local time at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, with the women’s singles qualifying draw officially kicking off the 2017 BNP Paribas Open.

Former world No. 14 Peng Shuai of China is the top seed, the one-time U.S. Open semifinalist coming back from injury. Germany’s Carina Witthoeft, ranked No. 69, is seeded second.

Players have to win two qualifying matches to earn one of 12 spots open in the WTA draw. The draw ceremony will be Monday at 3pm at the revamped Stadium Plaza. Admission all day to the Tennis Garden is free for fans, who can also take in practice sessions of the tournament’s biggest stars.

The men’s qualifying event will begin on Tuesday.

Two-time BNP Paribas Open champion Daniela Hantuchova received a wild card into qualifying, which also features 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Maria Sanchez, a former USC Trojan who was the No. 1-ranked NCAA player in college tennis, earned a wild card into qualifying by winning the BNP Paribas Challenge on Saturday.

Americans Grace Min, Varvara Lepchenko, Samantha Crawford, Sachia Vickery, Asia Muhammad, Claire Liu, Caroline Dolehide, Julia Boserup, Jamie Loeb, Sofia Kenin and Jacqueline Cako also feature in the 48-player draw.

Gates open at 10am with play underway at 11am on Stadiums 2-7.

Tennis fans will also recognize the names of Sesil Karatantcheva, Mona Barthel, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Lucie Hradecka and Nao Hibino in what is one of the toughest qualifying draws of the WTA season.

Two-time BNP Paribas Open champion Daniela Hantuchova and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone are set to compete in the women's qualifying event, which features a challenging field of 48. Live tennis gets underway Monday at 11am local time at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, with the women’s singles qualifying draw officially kicking off the 2017 BNP Paribas Open. Former world No. 14 Peng Shuai of China is the top seed, the one-time U.S. Open semifinalist coming back from injury. Germany's Carina Witthoeft, ranked No. 69, is seeded second. Players have to win two qualifying matches to earn one of…

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