The draw has been made for the first Premier Mandatory tournament this season. Dasha got into the bottom half of the draw and will play against the American Taylor Townsend in the first round.
Townsend received a wild card from the organizers. The players have already met once – back in 2015 Dasha easily beat her opponent in US Open qualification.
Last year Daria made her debut in Indian-Wells and won four matches in a row reaching the quarterfinal where she lost to Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic.