March 25, 2017

Venus Williams Reaches Quarterfinals of Indian Wells for First Time Since 2001 with Comeback Win

Venus Williams

(March 14, 2017) Venus Williams moved into the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open for the first time since 2001 defeating qualifier Peng Shuai 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, winning the last four straight games. Williams returned to play in Indian Wells last year after refusing to play the tournament for 15 years. She lost in the second round last year.

Williams hit 40 winners with 40 unforced errors during the match.

“Today was final 16,” said Williams. “So advance to the final 8. There are 8 people left. One of us will win. So the odds are getting better.

“I have to focus. It’s not there yet. It’s just, like, getting closer. You know, your mouth starts to water, but it doesn’t mean you’ll get fed. So I have to get it in and try to win.”

“Wasn’t really sure how it was going to turn out today,” she continued. “There were some up-and-downs and errors. It was so frustrating. But I feel like I got my focus more in that second set and towards the end of the third, because — I don’t know. I’m just a competitor. So if things get closer, then I think my better tennis is going to come. Obviously, I don’t want things to get close. I want to try to run away with it.”

Williams will face off against  Elena Vesnina who upset No.2 seed Angelique Kerber  6-3, 6-3 for a place in the semifinals.

“I think she played good. I was not playing good,” said Kerber about her loss. “It was actually not my day. I was doing a lot of mistakes. I was not moving, actually, good. But it’s happened. I mean, she played from the beginning until the end good tennis, and she was aggressive. So, yeah, she took the game on her hand.”


No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova moved into the elite 8 when 15th seed Timea Bacsinszky retired from the match trailing 5-1 in the first set.

Pliskova, who reached the semifinals here last year, will take on Garbiñe Muguruza. The Spaniard defeated Elina Svitolina 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-0.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

No. 19 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova fended off No. 5 Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a little over two hours to reach her first Indian Wells final eight since 2009.

“I always like to get revenges,” said the Russian to media.  The Slovak beat Pavlyuchenkova in Doha a few weeks ago. “Feels amazing, especially we just recently played in Doha and also three-set match. I felt like — I was really disappointed, though, even though it was really good level from the first till the last point.

“I thought I just didn’t convert my chances, and so really happy with the way I finished. I felt kind of good in the third set, as well.”


“The key was to, of course, be aggressive, which is my game, but at the same time, find the balance between being aggressive and not giving her a lot of easy shots, easy points, because she’s great fighter, and she’s always there. I know when she’s down in the score, she’s going for the shots.”

She’ll play countrywoman, No. 8 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova who beat 21st seed Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-4.

More to follow…



BNP Paribas Open – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule


$7,913,405 (ATP)

$7,699,423 (WTA)

6-19 MARCH 2017


RESULTS – MARCH 13, 2017


Singles – Third Round

[3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [28] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 75 63

[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d [29] M. Zverev (GER) 61 64

[10] G. Monfils (FRA) d [20] J. Isner (USA) 62 64

[11] D. Goffin (BEL) d [22] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 76(3) 64

[LL] Y. Nishioka (JPN) d [13] T. Berdych (CZE) 16 76(5) 64

[21] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d [16] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) walkover

[27] P. Cuevas (URU) d F. Fognini (ITA) 61 64

[Q] D. Lajovic (SRB) d [Q] V. Pospisil (CAN) 67(4) 63 75


Doubles – Second Round

  1. Djokovic (SRB) / V. Troicki (SRB) d [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) 57 61 11-9

[3] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) 63 64

[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 76(3) 63

[6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d R. Nadal (ESP) / B. Tomic (AUS) 36 76(4) 11-9

[8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d S. Johnson (USA) / V. Pospisil (CAN) 76(4) 67(4) 10-4

  1. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) d F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 61 16 10-6
  2. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d D. Evans (GBR) / A. Murray (GBR) 64 63

[WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) walkover


Singles – Third Round

[2] A. Kerber (GER) d P. Parmentier (FRA) 75 36 75

[28] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [4] S. Halep (ROU) 63 63

[Q] S. Peng (CHN) d [6] A. Radwanska (POL) 64 64

[9] M. Keys (USA) d N. Osaka (JPN) 61 64

[12] V. Williams (USA) d L. Safarova (CZE) 64 62

[13] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 63 61

[14] E. Vesnina (RUS) d [25] T. Babos (HUN) 64 16 64

  1. Davis (USA) d J. Goerges (GER) 61 64


Doubles – Second Round

  1. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d [7] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 63 67(5) 10-8



STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am

WTA – [21] C. Garcia (FRA) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [26] F. Verdasco (ESP)


Not Before 2:00 pm

WTA – [Q] S. Peng (CHN) vs [12] V. Williams (USA)

ATP – [24] S. Johnson (USA) vs [9] R. Federer (SUI)


Not Before 7:00 pm

ATP – [31] J. del Potro (ARG) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)


Not Before 8:30 pm

WTA – [9] M. Keys (USA) vs [13] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am

ATP – [25] G. Muller (LUX) vs [4] K. Nishikori (JPN)


Not Before 1:00 pm

WTA – [5] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [19] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

ATP – [15] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [18] A. Zverev (GER)

ATP – [17] J. Sock (USA) vs [12] G. Dimitrov (BUL)


Not Before 6:00 pm

WTA – [14] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am

ATP – [14] L. Pouille (FRA) vs D. Young (USA)

ATP – [WC] T. Fritz (USA) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)

WTA – [3] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs [15] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)

WTA – [10] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [7] G. Muguruza (ESP)

WTA – L. Davis (USA) vs [28] K. Mladenovic (FRA)

STADIUM 4 start 3:00 pm

WTA – [4] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs [6] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)

WTA – L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / C. Liang (CHN)


Angelique Kerber Survives, Venus Williams Thrives to Advance Fourth Round of BNP Paribas Open

Angelique Kerber

(March 13, 2017) Angelique Kerber avoided and upset, while Venus Williams dominated her opponent to reach the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California on a hot Monday.

Kerber survived France’s Pauline Parmentier 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. The German rallied from 1-4 down in the final set. An out call not made nor challenged by Parmentier, which could have given her a 5-2 lead in the final set made the difference.

“When I was 1-4 down in the third set, still to believe that I can change matches like this,” Kerber told media.
Kerber talked about her adjustments when coming back in the third set: “I think I was starting to believing in myself again and trying to taking this challenge and trying to playing point by point and not thinking what has happened before. Just going for it and trying to move in good, bring a lot of balls back, and going for it when I have the chance.”

“She is really tricky opponent. I mean, she played a lot of spin, especially from the forehand side. So I think that I need a little bit time to get used to it.

“And she was really playing good. I think we both play on a really high level. I mean, it was completely different match than I played here on my first round.”
Kerber will face off against Elena Vesnina next. The Russian defeated Timea Babos 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.


Seven-time major winner Venus Williams had few problems with the heat or her opponent, former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova, beating her 6-4, 6-2.

“I felt like I was being able to string points together, which of course puts pressure on my opponents if I’m not making as many errors,” Williams said.

“I felt really pretty good off the ground. This court is tricky as the ball stops, so a lot of the times you’re not hitting the ball where you think you’re going to hit it. So it definitely takes adjustments.”

“I don’t know if there’s enough time to adjust, anyway. You just kind of like deal with it. So it’s an interesting court.”

2015 winner and fourth seed Simona Halep lost to 28th seed Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-3.

“I think I played obviously a great match, because you don’t beat a Top 5 player just like that,” said the Frenchwoman. “I felt the conditions were extremely difficult for both of us. I could feel that — I mean, I don’t know. 36 degrees, I think, that was pretty solid for playing tennis.

“We always had very tough battles. I was actually, head to head, 2-1. That’s not very often against a Top 5 player. I mean, at the change of ends, when I saw, like, 2-1, 30 minutes, I was, like, Great. This is going to last forever again.

“I think that match was a big win for me on the physical part, like, fitness part. I think I could see that, you know, the efforts there she gave me was like — because I was forcing her to give it to me, because I was there solid and hanging in there and putting sometimes balls back and being brave.”
This was her second Top 5 win this year, besting Karolina Pliskova in Dubai last month.

Madison Keys

No. 9 seed Madison Keys in her first tournament back from wrist surgery put on a demonstration of solid power against Japan’s  Naomi Osaka in a rematch from the U.S. Open, with the American Keys winning 6-1, 6-4.

Keys was asked if she had any expectations coming into the tournament:”Not very high,” she said. “I was, like, if I get a set, I’ll be happy. And a win — it’s always tough to come back and everyone is in the middle of their season. I definitely had really low expectations, which is probably why, when I was up there and serving for the match in the first round, I was, like, Oh, this is exciting. I didn’t think this was going to happen.

“Yeah, I’m just happy with all of it.”

A disappointed Osaka said, “I didn’t think anyone expected me to win. So at least I wanted people to see a good match. And I played terrible.”

Keys will take on Caroline Wozniacki in the round of 16. The Dane defeated Katerina Siniakova.

Number six seed Agniezska Radwanska lost to Peng Shuai, 6-4, 6-4.

American Lauren Davis was a winner over Julia Goerges of Germany 6-1, 6-4.

Stan Wawrinka

In men’s action, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka defeated 28th seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-3. Wawrinka is the highest seed left in the top half of the draw since No. 1 Andy Murray lost to Vasek Pospisil.

“It was a really good match,” said the Swiss. “I’m very happy, in general. First set was not easy, for sure, all the match, but in general I’m happy with my game. I need to every time to adjust a little bit in the return. It’s not easy.”
Wawrinka will be playing lucky loser Yoshihito Nishioka, who rallied from 6-1, 5-2 down to beat 13th seed Tomas Berdych 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
Asked about playing Nishioka, Wawrinka said: “I know him well. Like, in general, I know how he’s playing. I watch him a few times, not only here but last year, also.

“I know how he’s playing, more from the baseline, use his power. It’s going to be interesting. I never practice with him, so it’s going to be the first time we going to be against each other. So I’m sure it’s going to be a good match.”

“I was down 1-6, 2-5, and, you know, I tried to do my best, but today I couldn’t figure out how can I beat Berdych,” said Nishioka.

But down 2-5, I tried to find a way, and then I think he give me a little bit chances. So I find a way, and then just keep trying to every point. Then he show me, like, a little bit angry, a little bit feeling tired. So, you know, I figured out how to win from down 2-5.

“And then my body feeling like I cannot move, like, that much, but just stay on focus and try fight. And then I find a way.”
Andy Murray’s conqueror in his second-round match has been conquered – Vasek Pospisil served for the match at 5-3 in the third set, but could not close out the match. Fellow qualifier Dusan Lajovic won a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-5.

Other men’s winners included No. 8 Dominic Thiem, No. 11 seeded David Goffin and No. 21 Pablo Carreno Busta who moved on when 16th seed Roberto Bautista Agut withdrew from the tournament due to an abdominal muscle injury.

More to follow….


Billie Jean King Sells Majority Stake in World TeamTennis

Billie Jean King and New York City Mayor Bloomberg at 2010 Women’s Sports Foundation’s Annual Salute to women’s sports

INDIAN WELLS, CA (March 13, 2017)Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) announced today that the league’s co-founder and sports icon Billie Jean King sold her majority ownership of the world-renowned sports organization to Mark Ein, founder and owner of the Washington Kastles, and Fred Luddy, owner of the San Diego Aviators. King will retain a minority stake in WTT and continue as the majority owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms franchise. Mark Ein will become Chairman of WTT and Ilana Kloss will remain in her position as CEO and Commissioner through 2017.

The new ownership group will leverage their entrepreneurial success and experience building two of the WTT’s leading franchises to create compelling growth opportunities for the league and its partners. Ein and Luddy plan to invest in the league’s platform and expand franchises nationally, bringing great tennis to fans and audiences in key major markets across the country. As a part of the transaction, LionTree Partners, the merchant banking arm of LionTree LLC, has invested in WTT alongside Ein and Luddy. LionTree will assist in attracting new franchise owners, consummating new media partnerships and forming new league sponsorship relationships.

“After 42 seasons of World TeamTennis, Ilana (Kloss) and I feel this is the time to pass the baton to Mark Ein and Fred Luddy, and entrust the legacy of WTT as an innovative force in tennis to them and their team,” said King. “I will continue to be part of the league as a minority owner and as the owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms, and I am confident the league will continue to grow and prosper under Mark and Fred’s leadership.”

“Owning and building the Kastles has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. The success we have enjoyed on and off the court will provide a template for how we can grow WTT across America with other like-minded owners that love tennis, want to make a profound impact in their communities and have the same opportunity of a lifetime that we have enjoyed. Succeeding a pioneer like Billie Jean King is an incredible honor and Fred and I are committed to significantly growing and building WTT 2.0 to thrill a new era of fans,” said Mark Ein.

Ein, founder and CEO of Venturehouse Group, LLC, a successful investor, company builder and philanthropist, founded the Washington Kastles in February of 2008.  The Kastles have captured a league-leading six WTT championships, including five consecutively from 2011-2015, and have become a well-established sports franchise in the greater Washington, D.C. market with a significant fan base.  Luddy, who founded the enterprise cloud company ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW) and serves as a Board Member, became the majority owner of the San Diego Aviators in 2015 and led the franchise to its first championship in 2016. Combined, Ein and Luddy have captured a total of seven championships over the past nine seasons.

“This is such a fabulous product, some of the best men and women players in the world forming a team combined with a forward-thinking scoring system and high energy atmosphere, the opportunity for growth is phenomenal,” said Fred Luddy. “We look forward to building on this wonderful legacy.”

“We’re excited to participate in such a distinctive sports opportunity,” said Aryeh B. Bourkoff, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LionTree LLC. “WTT has an innovative and engaging approach to professional tennis that has the ability to appeal to a broad set of fans across media platforms. We’re looking forward to working with Mark, Fred, Billie Jean King and the team, leveraging our capabilities to move WTT into new markets and develop attractive partnerships.”

Mylan WTT is the fifth longest-running major professional sports league in the United States, trailing only the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL in longevity. Founded in 1974 on King’s philosophy of gender equality, the league has showcased tennis’ greatest stars sharing the stage for WTT’s team-oriented play for over four decades. Names such as Chris Evert, Rod Laver, Martina Navratilova, Jimmy Connors and King highlighted the league’s early years, with other greats such as Andre Agassi, Lindsay Davenport, Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Venus Williams and Martina Hingis participating in more recent seasons.

The league has also been recognized for showcasing and introducing pioneering elements to professional tennis including the service clock, instant replay, cumulative and no-ad scoring, on-court coaching and timeouts, teams featuring men and women in equal roles, Extended Play and Supertiebreakers, multi-colored courts and player names on the back of their shirts.

The 2017 season of Mylan WTT presented by GEICO, which runs July 16 – August 5 in six U.S. markets, continues the tradition of presenting world-class talent with a player lineup that includes Venus Williams, Hingis, Roddick, Bob and Mike Bryan, Sloane Stephens, John Isner, Jack Sock, Mardy Fish and Eugenie Bouchard. By the time the league completes its 42nd season with the Mylan WTT Finals on August 5, more than 900 professional tennis players from across the world will have competed in WTT action. Team lineups will be finalized at the Mylan WTT Roster Draft on Tuesday, March 14 in Indian Wells, Calif.

The agreement includes the Mylan WTT Recreational League which provides grassroots outreach and support in the league’s team communities throughout the year. Since the WTT Recreational League started in 1985, more than 1 million tennis players of all ages and abilities have participated in Mylan WTT Rec League events and grassroots programs featuring the WTT team format. Mylan WTT Rec Leagues have been played in more than 1,000 venues, including parks, schools, military bases and tennis facilities throughout the U.S. The Mylan WTT Recreational League is involved in more than 40 grassroots events annually, including Mylan WTT National Qualifiers and Nationals for adult league players, the WTT Junior Nationals invitational event for ages 14-18, and the Tennis on Campus program which uses the WTT format for sectional and national college sport club competitions. Aligning with the professional Mylan WTT team markets, the Rec League has also introduced 12 & Under TeamTennis Circuits, youth PlayDays and clinics, and high school recognition programs. Over the past decade, WTT and team franchises have distributed more than 300,000 free junior racquets at matches, PlayDays and other special events.

LionTree Advisors and Latham & Watkins served as advisors to Mark Ein for the transaction.

For more information on Mylan WTT, visit



BNP Paribas Open – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

$7,913,405 (ATP)
$7,699,423 (WTA)
6-19 MARCH 2017

RESULTS – MARCH 12, 2017
Singles – Second Round
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d K. Edmund (GBR) 64 76(5)
[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) d D. Evans (GBR) 63 64
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d G. Pella (ARG) 63 62
[WC] T. Fritz (USA) d [6] M. Cilic (CRO) 46 75 64
[9] R. Federer (SUI) d S. Robert (FRA) 62 61
[12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 64 60
[14] L. Pouille (FRA) d J. Struff (GER) 63 62
[15] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 64
[17] J. Sock (USA) d [Q] H. Laaksonen (SUI) 63 06 64
[18] A. Zverev (GER) d F. Bagnis (ARG) 76(10) 63
D. Young (USA) d [23] S. Querrey (USA) 63 36 63
[24] S. Johnson (USA) d K. Anderson (RSA) 64 36 76(4)
[25] G. Muller (LUX) d J. Vesely (CZE) 76(1) 61
[26] F. Verdasco (ESP) d P. Herbert (FRA) 76(5) 61
[31] J. del Potro (ARG) d F. Delbonis (ARG) 76(5) 63
M. Jaziri (TUN) d [32] M. Granollers (ESP) 75 63

Doubles – First Round
[3] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d F. Martin (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) 76(4) 64
[6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [Alt] B. Paire (FRA) / M. Venus (NZL) 63 57 10-5
[8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 62 61

Singles – Third Round
[3] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [29] I. Begu (ROU) 64 76(2)
[5] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 26 76(5) 76(4)
[7] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [WC] K. Day (USA) 36 75 62
[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [26] R. Vinci (ITA) 62 26 61
[10] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [24] D. Gavrilova (AUS) 62 61
[21] C. Garcia (FRA) d [11] J. Konta (GBR) 36 63 76(1)
[15] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d [18] K. Bertens (NED) 63 57 76(8)
[19] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [17] B. Strycova (CZE) 63 62

Doubles – Second Round
[1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) 61 75
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN) 62 64
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [5] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) 62 75
[6] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 61 75
L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 61 64

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – P. Parmentier (FRA) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [29] M. Zverev (GER) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)
WTA – L. Safarova (CZE) vs [12] V. Williams (USA)
ATP – [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [28] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [9] M. Keys (USA) vs N. Osaka (JPN)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – [10] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [20] J. Isner (USA)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [14] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [25] T. Babos (HUN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – R. Nadal (ESP) / B. Tomic (AUS) vs [6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)
ATP – [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs N. Djokovic (SRB) / V. Troicki (SRB)
WTA – [6] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [Q] S. Peng (CHN)

Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – [27] P. Cuevas (URU) vs F. Fognini (ITA)
ATP – D. Evans (GBR) / A. Murray (GBR) vs J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) vs L. Davis (USA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [28] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [4] S. Halep (ROU)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [LL] Y. Nishioka (JPN) vs [13] T. Berdych (CZE)
ATP – [11] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [22] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
WTA – K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [13] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

STADIUM 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [7] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) vs F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK)
ATP – [21] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [16] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [Q] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs [Q] D. Lajovic (SRB)
ATP – [8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs S. Johnson (USA) / V. Pospisil (CAN)

STADIUM 6 start 1:00 pm
ATP – T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)
ATP – [3] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER)



Former Indian Wells Champions Djokovic, Nadal and Federer Move into Third Round with Straight Set Victories

Novak Djokovic

(March 12, 2017) Five-time BNP Paribas Open champion and No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic, rebounded from a 2-5 deficit in the second set to hold off Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-4, 7-6(5) in the second round on Sunday. The 29-year-old Serb who holds 12 majors, broke Edmund as he was serving for the second set at 5-3. The 22-year-old Edmund had points for a two-break lead at 3-0 in the second but could not break.

“First match played, already a big test,” said Djokovic.

The win for Djokovic sets up a clash with 31st seed Juan Martin del Potro, a rematch of the first round the Rio Olympic Games, in which Del Potro upset Djokovic. The Argentine beat his countryman Federico Delbonis 7-6(5), 6-3 earlier in the day. The highlight of the match was a “tweener” lob winner hit by the 2013 Indian Wells finalist Del Potro.

“Last season I had played even better than what I expected, [after] my injuries,” said del Potro. I’m looking forward to keep going up in the rankings this year, trying to get closer to the top guys. If I stay healthy and I can play the same level as last year, I think I will be close to that goal.”


Djokovic is seeking his sixth title in the desert and his 31st overall master Series title to extend his leading record.


No. 5 seed and three-time winner Rafael Nadal had an easy 6-3, 6-2 win over Guido Pella of Argentina. The Spaniard will take on countryman Fernando Verdasco in the third round.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal said that he tried to play solid.  “I tried to find the rhythm, and I think I did. For moments I played well; for moments I played a little bit less well. The important thing is I won, and I won in straight sets. I had some good feelings for a lot of moments.”

“I haven’t played one very bad match during the whole season,” continued Nadal. “I played some great matches. In Melbourne, I played some great matches. In Acapulco, I played well. In Brisbane, I played well. Let’s see here. I’m very happy with the way I started the season. Now here is another opportunity. I know I have a very tough draw, and let’s see.”

Roger Federer

Ninth seed Roger Federer had no problems with Stephane Robert dominating the Frenchman 6-2, 6-1 in 51 minutes.  Federer was five for five on break point chances. The 35-year-old Swiss, who is a four-time champion, will face American Steve Johnson the round of 32.


Also advancing on the men’s side were No. 4 Kei Nishikori, No. 12 Grigor Dimitrov No. 14 Lucas Pouille, No. 15 Nick Kyrgios, No. 17 Jack Sock, No. 18 Alexander Zverev No. 24 Steve Johnson, No. 25 Gilles Muller, No. 26 Fernando Verdasco.

Taylor Fritz (c)USTA/Pete Staples

The biggest upset on the day on the men’s side was 19-year-old American wildcard Taylor Fritz stunned No. 6 seed Marin Cilic 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Other seeded men who lost on Sunday were No. 23 Sam Querrey and Marcel Granollers (32).


In women’s action the biggest upset came when 21st seed Caroline Garcia of France defeated No. 11 seed Johanna Konta of Great Britain 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1).

No. 7 seed and current French Open champion Garbine Muguruza held off American teenage wildcard Kayla Day 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Day, last year’s U.S. Open Girls’ champion is currently ranked 175 in the world.

Muguruza said during her on-court interview after the match: “She’s very young and has a great future. She reminds me a little of me, when I was super motivated and playing very good.”

“Obviously I was pretty upset after my match, because it didn’t go the way I wanted it in the end,” Day said to media. “But if you look at the big picture, I was able to push a Top 10 player really far.”


Other winners on the day included No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elina Svitolina, and No. 15 Timea Bacsinszky.



More to follow….


BNP Paribas Open – Saturday Results, Sunday Schedule

$7,913,405 (ATP)
$7,699,423 (WTA)
6-19 MARCH 2017

RESULTS – MARCH 11, 2017
Singles – Second Round
[Q] V. Pospisil (CAN) d [1] A. Murray (GBR) 64 76(5)
[3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 63 64
F. Fognini (ITA) d [7] J. Tsonga (FRA) 76(4) 36 64
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d J. Chardy (FRA) 62 64
[10] G. Monfils (FRA) d [Q] D. King (BAR) 36 60 61
[11] D. Goffin (BEL) d K. Khachanov (RUS) 64 36 63
[13] T. Berdych (CZE) d [WC] B. Fratangelo (USA) 76(4) 64
[16] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 75 62
[LL] Y. Nishioka (JPN) d [19] I. Karlovic (CRO) 64 63
[20] J. Isner (USA) d [LL] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 76(0) 76(6)
[21] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d [Q] P. Gojowczyk (GER) 75 62
[22] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d D. Dzumhur (BIH) 64 57 75
[27] P. Cuevas (URU) d M. Klizan (SVK) 76(3) 76(5)
[28] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 67(3) 11 Retired
[29] M. Zverev (GER) d J. Sousa (POR) 64 63
[Q] D. Lajovic (SRB) d [30] F. Lopez (ESP) 62 46 76(2)

Doubles – First Round
[1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d J. Isner (USA) / J. Sock (USA) 46 63 10-7
[WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d [2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 64 36 10-7
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 67(4) 62 10-3
F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) 26 63 10-4
G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) d [WC] J. del Potro (ARG) / L. Paes (IND) 63 64
J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO) 62 46 10-6

Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Kerber (GER) d A. Petkovic (GER) 62 61
[4] S. Halep (ROU) d [WC] D. Vekic (CRO) 64 61
[6] A. Radwanska (POL) d [Q] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 63 64
[9] M. Keys (USA) d [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) 61 75
[12] V. Williams (USA) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 16 76(5) 61
[13] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [Q] M. Linette (POL) 63 60
[14] E. Vesnina (RUS) d S. Rogers (USA) 64 75
J. Goerges (GER) d [16] S. Stosur (AUS) 46 64 64
L. Safarova (CZE) d [20] C. Vandeweghe (USA) 46 64 61
L. Davis (USA) d [22] A. Sevastova (LAT) 75 63
K. Siniakova (CZE) d [23] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 63 75
[25] T. Babos (HUN) d [Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) 46 76(2) 62
P. Parmentier (FRA) d [27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 62 63
[28] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d A. Beck (GER) 60 75
N. Osaka (JPN) d [30] S. Zhang (CHN) 64 62
[Q] S. Peng (CHN) d [31] A. Konjuh (CRO) 64 62

Doubles – Second Round
[4] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d S. Errani (ITA) / A. Rosolska (POL) 62 63
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / C. Liang (CHN) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / H. Chan (TPE) 64 26 10-8

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – D. Evans (GBR) vs [4] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs G. Pella (ARG)
WTA – [WC] K. Day (USA) vs [7] G. Muguruza (ESP)
ATP – K. Edmund (GBR) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – S. Robert (FRA) vs [9] R. Federer (SUI)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [5] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [11] J. Konta (GBR) vs [21] C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – M. Youzhny (RUS) vs [12] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
ATP – [31] J. del Potro (ARG) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)
WTA – [3] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs [29] I. Begu (ROU)

Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – [17] J. Sock (USA) vs [Q] H. Laaksonen (SUI)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – F. Bagnis (ARG) vs [18] A. Zverev (GER)
WTA – [26] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
ATP – D. Young (USA) vs [23] S. Querrey (USA)
ATP – [24] S. Johnson (USA) vs K. Anderson (RSA)
ATP – [6] M. Cilic (CRO) vs [WC] T. Fritz (USA)

STADIUM 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [18] K. Bertens (NED) vs [15] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)
WTA – [10] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [24] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
ATP – [15] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)
WTA – [19] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [17] B. Strycova (CZE)

STADIUM 5 start 11:00 am
ATP – M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [32] M. Granollers (ESP)
WTA – A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs [6] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE)
ATP – P. Herbert (FRA) vs [26] F. Verdasco (ESP)

STADIUM 6 start 11:00 am
ATP – [14] L. Pouille (FRA) vs J. Struff (GER)
ATP – [Alt] B. Paire (FRA) / M. Venus (NZL) vs [6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)
ATP – [3] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs F. Martin (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [5] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)

STADIUM 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – [25] G. Muller (LUX) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
ATP – [8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
WTA – S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
WTA – T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE)


Vasek Pospisil Beats No. 1 Andy Murray at BNP Paribas Open

Vasek Pospisil

(March 11, 2017) A Canadian qualifier ranked at No. 129 in the world pulled off the win of his life on Saturday night at the BNP Paribas Open. Vasek Pospisil shocked world No. 1 Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6(5) for his first-ever victory over a top ranked player.


Pospisil became the second-lowest ranked player to upset a No. 1 in a Masters 1000 event.


“It’s by far the biggest win of my career. I’m just so thrilled. I’m a bit speechless, “said the Canadian during an on-court interview.

“He’s the best player in the world. I knew I had to play the perfect match.”

Pospisil hit 27 winners and broke Murray’s serve four times.

Three years ago, the Canadian was ranked No. 25 in the world, but has seen his fortunes fallen to a low of 135th in the world during the last year.


Murray’s drought continues in the desert, losing for the fourth time in the second round at Indian Wells. Murray, who has never won this tournament, did reach the final in 2009, when he lost to Rafael Nadal.


“Today it wasn’t so much the serve-volley that was the problem, it was my own serve,” Murray said to media.



Venus Williams Battles Back from Brink, Wozniacki calls Wildcards given to Sharapova “Disrespectful” to Other Players and Keys Posts First Win of 2017


Venus Williams

(March 11, 2017) In a battle between two former No. 1 players, Venus Williams rallied from 6-1, 4-1 down, saving three match points in the second set to beat Jelena Jankovic 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 at the BNP Paribas Open at India Wells on Saturday to reach the third round.

The seven-time major winner and 12th seed said after the match: “It aint’ over until it’s over, I didn’t see no fat lady singing.”


No. 9 seed Madison Keys won her first match back from left wrist surgery which had her off the tour since October, when she bested Mariana Duque-Marino 6-1, 7-5. Other seeds reaching the third round included No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber, fourth seed Simona Halep, 6th seed Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 28th seed Kristina Mladenovic.

Caroline Wozniacki, who also reached the third round was asked about Maria Sharapova’s return to the tour in April after a 15th month ban for doping. Sharapova will be making her return in Stuttgart as a wildcard on Wednesday of the tournament,  April 26th, when her suspension ends.


“I think obviously, she’s a good draw to tennis, women’s tennis in general,” Wozniacki said in her news conference.

“But, two, I think it’s very questionable allowing – no matter who it is – a player that is still banned to play a tournament that week. I think, from the tournament side, it’s disrespectful to the other players and the WTA.

“It is what it is. Obviously, rules are twisted and turned in favor of who wants to do what.

“I think everyone deserves a second chance and I think that she’s going to come back and she’s going to fight her way back. I’m sure she’s going to play well.

“But at the same time, I feel like when a player is banned for drugs, I think that someone should start from the bottom and fight their way back because it’s different from an injury or where someone is out because they had hurt themselves. That way, I feel like a player should be able to receive as many wildcards.

“But when someone has been banned for drugs and something that is performance-enhancing, I think you deserve a second chance like everyone else, people make mistakes, but I think you should fight your back from the bottom.”

Seeds falling on the women’s side of the draw on Saturday included (16) Samantha Stosur, (23) Carla Suarez Navarro,  (27) Yulia Putintseva, (30) Shuai Zhang, and (31) Ana Konjuh.



U.S. Teens Taylor Fritz and Kayla Day Notch Wins at BNP Paribas Open

Kayla Day

(March 10, 2017) American teenagers Taylor Fritz and Kayla Day scored match wins at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday.

The 17-year-old Kayla Day, reigning U.S. Open Girls’ champion defeated 32nd seed and recent Australian Open semifinalist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5. The 35-year-old Croatian veteran Lucic-Baroni served for the match at 5-3 in the third set, but the teen who entered the main draw with a wildcard won the next four games to claim her first win over a Top 30 player.

“It feels amazing,” said Day after the win. “I can’t describe (it). I’m so jittery right now. I told myself to keep fighting.”

“This means a lot to me,” Day said in her news conference. “I was really grateful to get offered this wildcard into the tournament, and it really means a lot that I can be able to see that I can play with some of the best players in the world.”

The next match will give Day an even bigger challenge when she takes on No. 7 Garbine Muguruza.


“I think it was a difficult match,” the French Open champion said to media. “I think she’s very talented and she can hit some critical shots and she can be tricky.”




Taylor Fritz (c)USTA/Pete Staples


World No. 53, 19-year-old Taylor Fritz beat Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.

“I always think I play well here,” said the Californian Fritz. “This is where I’m from. I have played in Indian Wells since I was, like, eight years old probably. I have come down here for tournaments. Just being from San Diego and having a lot of family that lives out here in the desert, it’s like a second home to me.

“I have been telling everyone that I think I have been playing my best tennis ever this week. It’s been going really well in practice, and I just hope that I can kind of just bring that onto the court in my next match.”

Fritz will take on sixth seed Marin Cilic in the second round. “If I’m serving well, I’ll be in any match,” he noted.


$7,913,405 (ATP)
$7,699,423 (WTA)
6-19 MARCH 2017

RESULTS – MARCH 10, 2017
Singles – First Round
[WC] T. Fritz (USA) d B. Paire (FRA) 63 62
M. Jaziri (TUN) d N. Mahut (FRA) 63 62
[Q] H. Laaksonen (SUI) d B. Coric (CRO) 36 64 62
M. Youzhny (RUS) d D. Medvedev (RUS) 64 64
J. Struff (GER) d [Q] S. Giraldo (COL) 63 64
D. Young (USA) d [WC] S. Kozlov (USA) 75 76(5)
J. Vesely (CZE) d R. Olivo (ARG) 64 26 61
D. Evans (GBR) d D. Brown (GER) 61 61
G. Pella (ARG) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 46 75 62
P. Herbert (FRA) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 76(5) 67(1) 63
K. Anderson (RSA) d [Q] F. Gaio (ITA) 61 64
S. Robert (FRA) d D. Sela (ISR) 64 64
H. Zeballos (ARG) d [Q] M. Copil (ROU) 67(5) 76(2) 64
F. Bagnis (ARG) d [Q] J. Benneteau (FRA) 57 64 62
F. Delbonis (ARG) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 63 64
K. Edmund (GBR) d G. Elias (POR) 61 63

Doubles – First Round
D. Evans (GBR) / A. Murray (GBR) d [5] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 63 16 10-6
N. Djokovic (SRB) / V. Troicki (SRB) d R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) 26 63 10-7
R. Nadal (ESP) / B. Tomic (AUS) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / J. Sousa (POR) 64 76(7)
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / D. Thiem (AUT) 76(4) 64
T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) 64 36 10-3
S. Johnson (USA) / V. Pospisil (CAN) d M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Peya (AUT) 36 64 11-9
R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) d [PR] T. Berdych (CZE) / P. Petzschner (GER) 76(5) 46 10-3

Singles – Second Round
[3] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d M. Puig (PUR) 16 64 64
[5] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 64 36 63
[7] G. Muguruza (ESP) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 62 63
[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d J. Larsson (SWE) 76(3) 64
[10] E. Svitolina (UKR) d Q. Wang (CHN) 36 63 76(3)
[11] J. Konta (GBR) d H. Watson (GBR) 64 64
[15] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d M. Niculescu (ROU) 75 62
[17] B. Strycova (CZE) d S. Errani (ITA) 64 57 62
[18] K. Bertens (NED) d B. Bencic (SUI) 62 62
[19] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) 64 64
[21] C. Garcia (FRA) d [LL] E. Rodina (RUS) 63 63
[24] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 62 76(5)
[26] R. Vinci (ITA) d M. Brengle (USA) 76(5) 64
[29] I. Begu (ROU) d L. Chirico (USA) 61 75
[WC] K. Day (USA) d [32] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 64 57 75
Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [33] D. Kasatkina (RUS) 60 63

Doubles – First Round
T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [8] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 76(5) 64
A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d [WC] S. Rogers (USA) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 61 16 10-7
L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / H. Watson (GBR) 46 63 10-1
S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d [WC] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) 64 26 10-4

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Petkovic (GER) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [7] J. Tsonga (FRA)
WTA – J. Jankovic (SRB) vs [12] V. Williams (USA)
ATP – [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] A. Murray (GBR) vs [Q] V. Pospisil (CAN)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [20] C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs L. Safarova (CZE)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – J. Chardy (FRA) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)
ATP – [LL] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [20] J. Isner (USA)
ATP – [WC] B. Fratangelo (USA) vs [13] T. Berdych (CZE)
WTA – [WC] D. Vekic (CRO) vs [4] S. Halep (ROU)

Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs [2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – [19] I. Karlovic (CRO) vs [LL] Y. Nishioka (JPN)
WTA – [9] M. Keys (USA) vs [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL)
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [28] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
ATP – [10] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [Q] D. King (BAR)
WTA – [14] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs S. Rogers (USA)

STADIUM 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] M. Linette (POL) vs [13] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
ATP – [11] D. Goffin (BEL) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)
WTA – [6] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [Q] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
ATP – [27] P. Cuevas (URU) vs M. Klizan (SVK)
WTA – L. Davis (USA) vs [22] A. Sevastova (LAT)

STADIUM 5 start 11:00 am
ATP – F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)
WTA – [28] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs A. Beck (GER)
ATP – [Q] D. Lajovic (SRB) vs [30] F. Lopez (ESP)
WTA – [Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [25] T. Babos (HUN)

STADIUM 6 start 11:00 am
WTA – [23] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs K. Siniakova (CZE)
ATP – G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) vs [WC] J. del Potro (ARG) / L. Paes (IND)
WTA – [16] S. Stosur (AUS) vs J. Goerges (GER)
ATP – A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [16] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs J. Isner (USA) / J. Sock (USA)

STADIUM 7 start 11:00 am
WTA – K. Bondarenko (UKR) / H. Chan (TPE) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / C. Liang (CHN)
WTA – N. Osaka (JPN) vs [30] S. Zhang (CHN)
ATP – [21] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [Q] P. Gojowczyk (GER)
ATP – [29] M. Zverev (GER) vs J. Sousa (POR)
ATP – D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

STADIUM 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs P. Parmentier (FRA)
ATP – J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO)
WTA – [Q] S. Peng (CHN) vs [31] A. Konjuh (CRO)
ATP – D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs [22] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

STADIUM 8 start 3:00 pm
WTA – [4] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs S. Errani (ITA) / A. Rosolska (POL)







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