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Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori Advance to Fourth Round of Indian Wells

Nadal at net

(March 15, 2016) INDIAN WELLS, California – No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal had an easy first set but had to save 5 set points it the second set tiebreak to defeat Spanish countryman and doubles partner Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 7-6(9) in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Verdasco only won 13 points in the first set, making 14 unforced errors. He made a total of 38 errors in the match.

Verdasco took a 6-3 lead in the second set tiebreak. Nadal saved three set points and saved another two. Nadal won the match on his second match point.

“I lost matches similar to this one in Australia, in Bueno Aires, in Rio de Janeiro, so it’s important winning sets like this for me like the other day in the third, today in the second,” Nadal said in press.

“You know, I have to go through these things, no? I played a great first set, very good quality of tennis, I think. No mistakes. That’s important for me. Serving very well; returning very well.

“Then having some mistakes in the beginning of the second, especially with the serve, then distract my concentration, distract my confidence, and I was suffering at the end of the second set, too, no?

“I know arriving to a tiebreak against a player like Verdasco normally he serve better than me. You know, normally in these kind of match I have more to lose than him, so he’s able to play very aggressive. He has an amazing shots, no? He arrives to the tiebreak and you know you’re in trouble.

“Feel lucky to win the tiebreak, and at the same time I think at the end of the tiebreak I played well with not many mistakes and going for the points.

“So is an important victory for me. Two matches wins here, tough ones. That’s something that stays in my mind and helps.”

The three-time champion of Indian Wells will face -off against Alexander Zverev for a place in the quarterfinals.

Zverev dismissed 16th seed Gilles Simon easily 6-2, 6-2 on Stadium 3 to reach the fourth round. The up-and-coming 18-year-old German is ranked No. 58th.

“Well, I thought I played really well today,” said the German. “I think I was really aggressive. Hit a lot of winners.

“You know, beating someone like Gilles 6-2, 6-2 is something that gives me a lot of confidence for myself. He’s such a great player and such a tough competitor, as well.

“You know, I was really ready for a long, long fight and a long three-set match and that was that quick.

“You know, I’m really happy that I got through so quickly.”

“I think against someone like Gilles you really have to be aggressive even more than against other players, and that’s, I think, what I did and worked out really well,” Zverev added.

“I had a great day today. You know, someone like Gilles, if you don’t hit him off the court he’s gonna be tough to beat. He’s gonna be running and fighting all day.

“So, you know, I knew what I had to do, and I think I did it pretty well.”

Zverev talked about playing Nadal:
“Rafa, he’s one of the greatest in the sport ever winning 14 slams. He’s probably one of greatest fighters ever, so it would be a big honor to play against someone like him.”

Nadal discussed his match-up against the young German: “He’s a clear possible future No. 1. He’s an amazing player. He has all the shots. Very good physical performance. Tall, good serve, first and second, great shots from the baseline, forehand and backhand.

“He has everything to become big star and he’s playing well. He won already matches against Dimitrov, against Simon today. So I don’t know the other matches he won. Against who? Dodig? So three very good matches, no?

“Going to be a very tough match tomorrow for me, and I have to be ready to fight, to suffer, and to try to play aggressive. That’s what I gonna try, no? Try to put a high rhythm and let’s see. I know going to be a very tough match. I happy the way I played today the first set, so if I can keep going the same way tomorrow, I hope to have my chances.”

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori

No. 5 seed Kei Nishkori battled past 30th seed Steve Johnson 7-6(6), 7-6(5) to reach the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday.

Steve Johnson led 6-2 in the first set tiebreak, before something got into his eye and whatever it was he could not get it out. He proceeded to lose the next six points to lose the set.

 

Nishikori will take on John Isner next. Isner defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 7-6(3). Nishikori talked about the match-up against the hard-serving American: “The key will be on the return. My return, it’s going to be the key, for sure. I have to return well.

“I couldn’t really step in today, so I tried to play more aggressive tomorrow, and, you know, try to be patient. He’s a big guy and I think I have more advantage on my groundstrokes, so try to use more forehands and play more aggressive.”

During his match Isner hit 15 aces and did not lose any first serve points.

Isner on playng Nishikori: “Prior to last year I had never played him, which was pretty odd, because we have been in the same tournaments for a very long time.

“Now it seems like that’s starting to correct itself a little bit. This is the third time I’m going to play him in about a year.

“In the Miami match I played an excellent match, one of the best matches I have played all year, hands down. Maybe “the” best match I played all year. Against him in Miami was a very good day for me.

“In the Washington final I thought both of us played pretty well. He was obviously better than me. He won it in three sets. We have been pretty evenly matched in our first two contests. We have a rubber match coming up tomorrow. It will be fun.

“This is the third time, all on hard courts, in America, so it’s a good situation for me. But at the same time, going up against someone as at Kei’s level and stature, I will need to play very well to win. He he’s a fantastic player and he’s been doing it for a very long time.”

Feliciano Lopez, the 18th seed defeated Spanish countryman and 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(5), 6-7(10), 6-4 in three hours and 15 minutes to reach the fourth round.

 

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2016 BNP Paribas Open — Monday’s Results and Tuesday’s Order of Play

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA
$7,037,595 (ATP)
$6,844,139 (WTA)
7-20 MARCH 2016

RESULTS – MARCH 14, 2016
Men’s
Singles – Third Round
F. Delbonis (ARG) d [2] A. Murray (GBR) 64 46 76(3)
[3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 64 76(5)
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) d B. Coric (CRO) 61 76(3)
[8] R. Gasquet (FRA) d [26] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 26 62 61
[10] M. Cilic (CRO) d L. Mayer (ARG) 64 63
[12] M. Raonic (CAN) d [17] B. Tomic (AUS) 62 30 Retired
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 63
[15] D. Goffin (BEL) d G. Pella (ARG) 46 63 62

Men’s
Doubles – Second Round
[3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / V. Troicki (SRB) 62 62
[6] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d T. Bellucci (BRA) / G. Pella (ARG) 63 67(6) 10-5
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / D. Thiem (AUT) d L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) 62 46 10-5
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d J. Isner (USA) / M. Raonic (CAN) 64 75

Women’s
Singles – Third Round
M. Rybarikova (SVK) d [7] B. Bencic (SUI) 64 36 63
[9] R. Vinci (ITA) d [17] E. Svitolina (UKR) 61 63
[12] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 62 57 62
[13] V. Azarenka (BLR) d [WC] S. Zhang (CHN) 64 63
[18] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [14] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 62 60
[25] J. Konta (GBR) d D. Allertova (CZE) 64 61
[26] S. Stosur (AUS) d C. Mchale (USA) 64 26 64
D. Kasatkina (RUS) d M. Puig (PUR) 64 36 76(2)

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round
B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) 76(3) 63
[3] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) 64 75
[4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d M. Gasparyan (RUS) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 75 62
S. Errani (ITA) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) d [Alt] K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 76(5) 57 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [30] S. Johnson (USA) vs [5] K. Nishikori (JPN)
WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [19] J. Jankovic (SRB)
ATP – [4] R. Nadal (ESP) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [27] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – M. Rybarikova (SVK) vs [9] R. Vinci (ITA)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] N. Gibbs (USA) vs [8] P. Kvitova (CZE)
ATP – [9] J. Isner (USA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
ATP – [11] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [21] J. Sock (USA)
ATP – [31] S. Querrey (USA) vs [7] J. Tsonga (FRA)
WTA – [13] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [26] S. Stosur (AUS)

Not Before 6:00 pm
WTA – [8] R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Zverev (GER) vs [16] G. Simon (FRA)
ATP – [18] F. Lopez (ESP) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
WTA – B. Strycova (CZE) vs [5] S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – [18] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs [25] J. Konta (GBR)
WTA – D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs [12] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)

STADIUM 4 start 11:00 am
ATP – [7] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE)
ATP – [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)
ATP – [Alt] J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA) vs [PR] J. Del Potro (ARG) / L. Mayer (ARG)

STADIUM 6 start 2:00 pm
ATP – [8] E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs D. Goffin (BEL) / J. Sousa (POR)
WTA – A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs [3] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

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No. 53 Federico Delbonis Surprises No. 2 Andy Murray in Third Round of BNP Paribas Open

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

(March 14, 2016)  INDIAN WELLS, California – No. 2 Andy Murray lost to No. 53 Federico Delbonis 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3) in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday in a two-hours and 46 minutes.

The southpaw from Argentina trailed 1-4 to the Brit in the third set, won five of the next six games to serve for the match at 6-5. Murray broke Delbonis’ serve to get to a tiebreak which Delbonis won 7-3 to get the biggest victory of his career. Murray’s loss is the biggest upset of the men’s tournament so far.

“Obviously a tough one to lose in the end, having, you know, kind of fought hard to get myself in a winning position you know, 4-1-up,” Murray said.

“The 4-2 game that I got broken was a tough one in the third set. I was up 30-Love in the game and had a few volleys in that game. You know, he came out with some good passing shots. I could have done a bit more with the volleys maybe.

“But, yeah, I didn’t play a great tiebreak. That was disappointing. Obviously he had the chance to serve it out, and then I got back in there and didn’t play a great breaker.”

Murray has not had a great history at Indian Wells, with his best result coming in 2009 when reached the final. “I think it’s just the conditions here I have just struggled with throughout my career. I have never really felt that I played my best tennis here.

“I have tried and had many different preparations where I’ve got here early and spent a lot of time on the courts, and sometimes I arrive later, like this time from Davis Cup. You know, obviously it takes time to get used to new conditions regardless of where it is, but I have just never really found a way to get comfortable here throughout my career.

“It’s a shame.”

 

Asked if this was his biggest win, Delbonis said: “No, I have like a couple of big wins, but in situation was special, you know. For that tournament, for that surface, for me is the best win.

“And, well, I have — I was like quiet all the match that I know he wants to be aggressive in that third set. I don’t do it my job until the 4-1. I have to play it more to his forehand.

“That, when I do that, I can break. I can play from the 4-2 to the tiebreak and I get a big win for that, you know.

“I have another one (win). The title in Sao Paulo I think is the best one.”

Delbonis did beat Roger Federer when he was No. 5 in the world three years ago in Hamburg.

Asked about his strategy to hit to Murray’s forehand, the Argentine commented: I know that his backhand is pretty good when he’s quiet, you know, in one side. I know that I have to play, hit harder in his forehand to get a good hit or a good position the court, to be aggressive or to move it to him, because this is one of the keys to get a good point.”

“I feel good the surface because it’s not too fast,” he said. “For me, I can slice in that kind of court. I like it. Also, I like it in Australia. Every tournament I come this year I like it so much. I like to play in that kind of court, in that hard courts not so fast.

“For me it’s a good court to be aggressive.”

For Murray, this is the first tournament he has played as a father. February 7, his wife Kim gave birth to a baby girl named Sophia.

A couple of surprises on the women’s side of the draw included former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, seeded 14 lost to 18th seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-0 and No. 7 Belinda Bencic was on the short end of a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 score to unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova. With all of the upsets on the women’s side, No. 9 seed Roberta Vinci, who beat 17th seed Elina Svitolina, remains the highest seed in the bottom half of the draw.

On the men’s side of the draw, No. 8 seed Richard Gasquet won 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 over Alexandr Dolgopolov. No. 12 seed Milos Raonic advanced when 17th seed Bernard Tomic retired with a right wrist injury down. 6-2, 3-0. Tomic’s injury puts a question mark on his participation at the Miami Open.

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Serena Williams Rebounds From Sluggish Start to Reach Fourth Round of Indian Wells

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(March 13, 2016) INDIAN WELLS, California – Serena Williams was pushed to the brink in the first set but defeated Yulia Putintseva 7-6(2), 6-0 to advance to the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.

Putintseva went up a break to take a 3-1 lead in the first set against the world No. 1 and served for the set twice at 5-4 and 6-5 but failed to close. Williams dominated the tiebreak 7-2, and did not lose another game. The 21-time major champion ended he match with an ace.

Williams talked about the first set rollercoaster: “I was just trying to find my rhythm out there. Trying my best to not get off to a slow start. Then I got broken really early and I couldn’t manage to break back.

“But I was just trying to fight out there and do what I could.”

Asked about what makes Putintseva’s game frustrating, Williams said: I don’t know. I found it good to play. I just wasn’t finding my rhythm. I hadn’t played someone like her in a second, so I was just trying to get my bearings there.

“I made a lot of errors in that first set. I went for a lot and I usually make those, but I kept missing. Even in the first game. Wow, this echo is annoying. Is that better? Yes, I think. Yeah. Okay.

“Even though I won, I made some simple errors that just kept going for the first set.”

Williams had 29 unforced errors in the first set.

Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska, making a 10th straight appearance in Indian Wells defeated 32nd seed Monica Niculescu 6-2, 6-1. She was the 2014 runner-up.

She was asked about the upsets tournament, but in women’s tennis in general. Half of the women’s seeds are out of the tournament.

“I think the conditions also are very tough,” she. But, well, to be honest, those lower-ranked players are also playing good tennis, so it’s not like you can play your 50% and you’re gonna win.

“Maybe that how was like maybe 10 years ago, that you really didn’t play your best and you was still keep winning even two easy sets

“And I think at the moment you really have to play 100% from the first rounds because there are no easy matches. Especially that a lot of players unseeded, and you think they kind of should be in the top 20 and you are playing them in the first round and you’re in trouble.

“Well, I think that’s tennis. What you’re not have your day, you are in trouble.”

Eighth seed Petra Kvitova survived Johanna Larsson 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Larsson was serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set before Kvitova broke serve.

The Czech was very happy to advance.

“It’s such a relief, I think. I think I fought much more than the first set, so the relief is a little bit bigger.

“I think I played better, as well, especially first set. Unfortunately the accident happen on the stands, so it was kind of weird, you know, to sitting on the chair and someone is really struggling with the hot. It was just tough.

“I think that she really pushed me a lot, because she couldn’t really miss anything. I was like really have to doing everything what I could in the moment and really trying to have some winners, because otherwise we can play still now,” she said with a smile.

 

More to follow….

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BNP Paribas Open Photo Gallery from Saturday, March 12, 2016

(March 12, 2016) INDIAN WELLS, California – Photo gallery from around the grounds of the BNP Paribas Open. All photos by Curt Janka.

 

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Murray, Wawrinka and Berdych Lead Seeded Men into Third Round

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

(March 12, 2016) INDIAN WELLS, California – Whereas the women’s seeds keep falling, the men up until Saturday have had fewer upset victims at the BNP Paribas Open. No. 2 Andy Murray of Scotland beat Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6 (3). The Scot talked about the windy conditions on court.

“It was tough because obviously the ball travels through the air pretty quick here. And then it was very windy, so blowing from — so the end we walk on to the court from you were playing into the wind. It’s such a huge contrast from one end to the other because of how the air is here.

“So when you’re playing with the wind it’s really flying on you and you feel like if you barely touch the ball it’s flying a lot. Then from the other side, you know, it’s completely opposite. You really need to give the ball a big, big hit to get it deep.

“And, yeah, much different conditions to what I have obviously been practicing and playing in in the last five weeks against a, you know, tough sort of unorthodox player. He’s got quite a different game. He’s very smart player, as well, intelligent player, and often makes the right decisions. Yeah, made it tough for me.”

Stan Wawrinka had a straight forward 6-3, 6-2 victory over Illya Marchenko.

Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro

No. 6 Tomas Berdych faced off against wildcard, former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro 7-6 (4), 6-2. Del Potro had been sidelined until last month with a third wrist surgery.

The Argentine said he’s making progress.

“But I think this will be my first match against a top-10 player was okay,” he said. “I played a great first set. I had my opportunities to win that set and I miss it.

“I think of course I’m sad for my lose, but I’m in a good way to get better in the future. It’s not easy play against Tomas. Even if I’m 100%, he’s a great player. He plays so aggressive all the time, and I had to run a lot today.

“But I think the positive thing is I’m in a good way to improve my game.”
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Other men’s seeds advancing included No. 8 Richard Gasquet, No. 12 Milos Raonic and No. 13 Gael Monfils.

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios

The biggest upset on the men’s side was No. 24 Nick Kyrgios beaten by Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 7-6 (4), 7-5.

Kyrgios did not play Australia’s Davis Cup tie against the United States due to a virus, but he would not blame his loss on his illness.

“I’m not going to take anything away from Ramos. Every time I have played him it’s been a tough match.

“Matchup-wise I think it’s great for me, but he always goes out there and competes. I thought that these conditions probably suit him. He likes to rip his forehand a little bit.

“But, you know, I’m nowhere near where I was. I was feeling great in Marseilles and the start of Dubai, but obviously the year hasn’t been great. I have had a lot of travel. Trying to get better. I was trying to force practice sessions here, trying to push, but body wasn’t letting me do it.”

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Christina McHale Knocks Out Fourth Seed Garbine Muguruza at BNP Paribas Open

Christina McHale

Christina McHale

(March 12, 2016) INDIAN WELLS, California – There is something special about Indian Wells and Christina McHale. The 23-year-old ranked 62nd in the world, added to the list of falling seeds on the women’s side when she upset No. 4 Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-1.

The last time American beat a Top 5 player, it was No. 3 Petra Kvitova at Indian Wells in 2012.

“Obviously it’s been a while since I had a win like that, so it definitely feels really good,” McHale said.

“I think I did a good job today of just, yeah, staying playing point by point and playing really good defense, because obviously she likes to attack a lot.”

“I mean, I didn’t think it was four years ago,” she said. “For me it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.

“But I think, yeah, obviously, you know, you have a lot of ups and downs throughout your career, and I hope that it won’t be another four years before I have another top-5 win.”

“Well, I think Christina was playing very good today,” said Muguruza. “I’m sure that the first set, it was much more like tough and difficult, and she was playing very good and she got the first set.

“Then the second one I think my energy went a little bit down and she kind of used it, you know, and went for the match.”

The Spaniard reached No. 3 in the world last year sparked by reaching the Wimbledon final.

The year McHale had her last Top 5 win in 2012 was also the year she achieved her highest ranking of No. 33.

“I feel like I have been working extremely hard, you know, all these years. Yeah, I think it’s a combination of being healthy and just getting a lot of matches in and kind of getting into a groove.

“But I think, yeah, it wasn’t like I felt like I was playing poorly these past couple years. I think I just had a few tight matches that didn’t go my way that maybe could have changed some things.”

“Every match I want to be able to produce my highest level, and that’s what I’m, yeah, working really hard on, on the practice court and the gym and everything, to, yeah, hopefully, you know, build on this, “ she said.

“There is a lot more tournaments throughout the year, so, yeah, I’m excited for everything that’s coming next.”

 

The next challenge for the New Jersey native will come in her third round match when she takes on 2011 U.S. Open winner Sam Stosur.

 

Other upsets took place on the women’s side including No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber falling to Denisa Allertova.

Wildcard Zhang Shuai came back from a set and 4-2 down to beat former No. 1, now No. 20 Caroline Wozniacki in an over three-hour match 4-6, 7-6(8), 7-5.

Eugenie Bouchard knocked out No. 21 Sloane Stephens 7-5, 7-5.

 

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Denisa Allertova Beats Second Seed Angelique Kerber in Second Round of BNP Paribas Open

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Denisa Allertova Beats Second Seed Angelique Kerber in Second Round of BNP Paribas Open

 

(March 12, 2016) INDIAN WELLS, California – Angelique Kerber became another women’s seed casualty on Saturday at the BNP Paribas open. No. 64 Denisa Allertova surprised the reigning Australian Open champion 7-5, 7-5 on Stadium 1 to open the day session.

 

The Czech is making her main draw debut in Indian Wells, she lost in last year’s qualifying tournament.

The 23–year-old from Prague is now 2-1 against Top five opponents. She beat No. 2 Simona Halep at the 2015 Guangzhou and lost to No. 5 Wozniacki at Wimbledon last year.

Kerber was up a break in the first and was serving for the second set at 5-4.

Kerber admitted that she was not 100% physically.

“Actually, she was playing not bad today,” Kerber said. “I was trying to find my rhythm and trying to play my game, but, yeah, it was not my day.

“Yeah, my leg was bothering me in the last few days already, so I was taping it and I was trying it. It will be helping a little bit, but at the end the match I was feeling it a little bit more.

“Yeah, but it’s not the excuse that’s why I lost the match”

 

Kerber is now 1-3 since winning the Australian Open title in January.

Is there more pressure on Kerber since she now a major champion?

“Of course the pressure is much different than it was like few months ago. It’s a completely new situation for me, that’s right. But, yeah, I’m trying to get used to it, she said.

“It’s much more different because I have much more things to do off court. I’m here one week and, yeah, it was a busy week for me.

“But still, I mean, I’m trying — I have my team and I’m trying to go out there, work my tennis, improve it.

“Yeah, and like I said, it’s a completely new situation. I will try to get used to it and, yeah, and let’s see. I mean, yeah, I’m working hard still and my game will not change. I mean, my game is like it is.

“I try to improve like few more things into it, but at the end I will still play like I was playing the last years.”

“That’s the one thing I was dreaming my whole career and I reached it,” the German continued. “I won a Grand Slam. Of course still the year, it’s long and there are so many tournaments. In tennis you have every week the chance to get a new challenge. If you lose first round or like early in the tournament, you have the chance next week to make it better.

“But, no, I mean, it’s a new situation and new experience. So I think it will be also like making me more comfortable in the next few months making me actually stronger.”

.Kerber joins the list of upsets on the women’s side. So far  nine women’s seeds have fallen in Indian Wells.

Allertova will face the 25th seed Johanna Konta in the third round.

 

More to follow…

 

Karen Pestaina is covering the BNP Paribas Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.

 

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(March 11, 2016) INDIAN WELLS, California – Photo gallery from around the grounds of the BNP Paribas Open. All photos by Curt Janka.

 

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Serena Williams with an Easy Win to Open Indian Wells

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(March 11, 2016) INDIAN WELLS, California – Serena Williams opened her BNP Paribas Open with an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory over German qualifier Laura Siegemund in a second round match on Friday night. The No. 1 player in the world needed only 63 minutes to complete her match. This was Williams’s first match since losing the Australian Open final.

“My intensity was the key,” Williams said in her on court post-match interview. “(Siegemund) actually started out really strong in that first game when I was serving, she was close to breaking me.

“I knew right then and there if I wasn’t going to come out at 100% it would be a long match.”

Williams hit 21 winners with 11 unforced errors.

Earlier in the day, sister Venus made her return to Indian Wells for the first time since 2001, losing to Kurumi Nara. Serena did not watch the match.

“I watched a little bit the scores, but not so much her match,” Serena said. Serena admitted to being nervous. “Yeah. And I was playing right after. I thought I was playing after, but I didn’t realize there was a match in between. So I was in focus mode and I was like, oh, there is a match in between.”

Asked about how the 34-year-old thought she and her sister “navigated” the incident in 2001 and coming back last year, Serena said: “I hope so. We always try to be an example, positive role model, and a positive example to our colleagues as well as people that are outside of tennis and everyone of all walks of life.”

“Well, it was a lot less stressful tonight. I was really kind of stressed out last year. It was a lot of emotions last year. This year it was a lot easier.

“I mean, obviously there is still something there, but it’s a lot easier to just deal with everything.”

“I think it wasn’t about winning. When I come here, even to this day it’s not about winning. It’s just about closing that chapter in my life and her life and our lives and try to move on with our heads up, as we always had our heads up. But just continue to do that.”

In addition to No. 10 seed Venus Williams losing, other seeds also fell including No.11 Lucie Safarova, No.16 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No.15 Sara Errani, No. 22 Andrea Petkovic No.23 Madison Keys, No. 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and No.27 Kristina Mladenovic. No. 5 seed and defending champion Simona Halep won her match against Vania King 6-1, 6-1.

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All photos by Curt Janka.

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