June 29, 2017

USTA Girls’ 16s and 18s National Championships Set for August 5-13 in San Diego

USTA GIRLS’ 16s & 18s NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULED
FOR AUGUST 5-13, 2017 AT SAN DIEGO’S BARNES TENNIS CENTER
18s Singles and Doubles Champions to Receive US Open Main Draw Wild Cards

San Diego, Calif. – (June 21, 2017) – The United States Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, which will feature the top junior players in the country, will be played August 5-13, 2017 at the Barnes Tennis Center, located at 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92107.

Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion, as well  as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion).  The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The USTA has named San Diego resident Lornie Kuhle as the new Tournament Director of the Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships. Kuhle is the current Tournament Director of the ADIDAS Easter Bowl at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.

“We are working on making significant upgrades and improvements to this year’s event at the Barnes Tennis Center that will not only enhance the tournament experience for players, but for spectators as well,” said Kuhle. “We really want to make these USTA National Championships a fan-friendly event that San Diegans can attend and enjoy a unique tournament atmosphere.”

The Girls’ 16s event will begin on Saturday, Aug. 5 and conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway on Sunday, Aug. 6 and conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13. Both divisions will feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting time for each day of the tournament will be announced in July. The Opening Ceremony for the USTA National Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships is scheduled for 5 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Barnes Tennis Center.

Early-round tournament matches will also be played at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115 and the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA 92104 from Saturday, Aug. 5 through Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament. For fans watching matches at SDSU and the Balboa Tennis Club, admission is free. There is a nominal charge for on-campus parking at SDSU. Parking regulations at the university will be strictly enforced. Parking is free at the Balboa Tennis Club.

A player entry list will be available in mid-July. To view the official tournament website, please go to: http://www.ustagirlsnationals.com/.

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit.  Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

About George E. Barnes Family Junior Tennis Center:
The Center is owned and operated by Youth Tennis San Diego. It was built in 1995 and completed in 1997. The $4.5 million junior tennis facility was made possible with generous public and private donations and is named after the lead donor family – the “George E. Barnes Family Junior Tennis Center.” The Center, which is dedicated to the youth of San Diego, offers children 18 and under court priority over adults with advanced reservations.

About Youth Tennis San Diego:
Youth Tennis San Diego is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that has been in existence since 1952.  In 2016, Youth Tennis San Diego was recognized with the USTA Organization Member of the Year Award. The  award  is  given  annually  to  an  organization  that  provides  outstanding  service  to its members and  to the  local  community. YTSD was honored at the 2016 USTA Annual Meeting and Conference at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.  

The YTSD Mission is:  “To promote the educational, physical, and social development of all youth through organized tennis and educational activities.” Their community programs encourage youth participation, personal integrity, leadership, and competitive spirit in a friendly environment that builds responsible citizens.  YTSD provides thousands of youngsters each year the opportunity to play tennis after school at their neighborhood school. The After School Tennis program provides a safe haven for hundreds of youngsters who are not supervised after school. Through tennis, the children learn the success skills which will give them the confidence and self-esteem needed to confront the negative influences so often found on the streets where they live.

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BNP Paribas Open – Thursday Results, Friday Schedule

BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA

$7,913,405 (ATP)

$7,699,423 (WTA)

6-19 MARCH 2017

 

RESULTS – MARCH 16, 2017

Men’s

Singles – Quarterfinals

[3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [8] D. Thiem (AUT) 64 46 76(2)

[21] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d [27] P. Cuevas (URU) 61 36 76(4)

Men’s

Doubles – Semifinals

[6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) 62 64

Women’s

Singles – Quarterfinals

[14] E. Vesnina (RUS) d [12] V. Williams (USA) 62 46 63

[28] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [13] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 36 76(4) 62

Women’s

Doubles – Semifinals

[6] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) 76(7) 75

Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) 63 63

 

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

STADIUM 1 start 12:00 noon

ATP – [9] R. Federer (SUI) vs [15] N. Kyrgios (AUS)

 

Not Before 2:00 pm

ATP – [17] J. Sock (USA) vs [4] K. Nishikori (JPN)

ATP – [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)

 

Not Before 7:00 pm

WTA – [28] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [14] E. Vesnina (RUS)

WTA – [3] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

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Vesnina Stops Venus Williams to Reach BNP Paribas Open Semifinals

Venus Williams

 

(March 16, 2017) Elena Vesnina fought off six break points in the final game to defeat 12th seed Venus Williams 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday in Indian Wells.

“I’m in the semifinal of BNP Indian Wells tournament, one of the biggest Masters Series tournament.,” noted Vesnina. “I guess I’m on fire. I’m enjoying myself on the court, and I’m really happy with my wins here.

“This win today against Venus really means a lot for me. It’s never easy to play against her. She’s a great champion and always fighting till the end.

“I’m really happy that I pulled this win.”

Vesnina came into the match after having beaten No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.

Vesnina talked about Venus Williams’ impact on the sport of tennis: “She’s a great example of how you can love tennis. You know, for so many years, she brings so much passion and love to this game.

“She’s coming and giving everything, you know. She’s always fighting, always enjoying, smiling. You know, you can see she’s, like, little girl on the court, actually, enjoying more than half of the WTA Tour. And we have to learn from her, you know, how she’s appreciating what she’s doing.

“I think maybe it came to her maybe kind of few years ago. Maybe when she was young she was a bit different, but now she’s totally enjoying herself and she’s, like, inspiring everybody around her, you know, her and Serena, as well. Because really what they bring to the tennis, to the woman’s tennis, is just amazing.”

“It’s never fun to fall short. But, you know, I gave my all, ” said Williams.

“I chose to be here. That was my choice. I gave it my best today, and I’m looking forward to playing her again, hopefully healthy and 100%, and will have an opportunity to really show what I can do in these kind of matches.”

“Work is important and, you know, satisfying work is a big part of life, and it is satisfying. Days like today are frustrating when I want to do more and can’t do more or didn’t do more.

“But it’s wonderful to be able to live my dream and work is — you know, I try to separate it from my regular life, but it’s sort of one and the same. Of course I look at the bigger picture and realize there is more important things than the yellow ball, but it’s pretty up there.”

The Russian, seeded 14th will play the Frenchwoman, No. 28 seed Kristina Mladenovic for a place in the final. Mladenovic beat Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2.

“Kiki is having a great season,” said Vesnina. “She’s on fire. She won her first maiden title in St. Petersburg and then she made final in Acapulco. I think now she beat two top 10 players on the way to the semifinal.

“So definitely she’s having a great season. It’s going to be tough match. She’s upcoming player. We played couple of times, but two, three years ago, and totally different story now.

“So we will see. I need to think how I need to play against her, because I have couple of thoughts on my mind. She’s a great doubles player, as well. You know, so she’s kind of player on all the court, you know. She can come into the net. She’s using the dropshots, slices.

“So it’s going to be difficult match, but on the other hand, it’s very exciting to play the semifinal match here in Indian Wells.”

 

Mladenovic, who will move into the Top 20 next week discussed the match in her news conference: “Caroline is a top player, former World No. 1. She’s also in very great shape. I mean, she had a very good start of the season, as well, won lots of matches.

“We played three times before today, and I always lost, especially that final in Hong Kong at the end of last year was very painful for me, like, very frustrating. I thought I was playing well that entire week and, in the final, I was just kind of exhausted and injured. And still, it was, like, a very long battle there. If I’m not wrong, it was almost three hours.

“Today I was just, like, okay, today I’m feeling good. When I woke up, I’m like, nothing is hurting. I’m good. I’m not injured. I was happy about that. I was, like, I want to give a fight there and have no regrets.

“I wanted to take my revenge, of course. It was not easy. Again, it was a tough battle and tough conditions. We played, yeah, two hours and a half. I didn’t start well at all the match.

“I thought, you know, when you lost three times against a player, it means that something is wrong and that you, like, don’t really like her game.

“But I was not playing good, but still I felt like I needed adjustments, actually. It’s first time for me playing on that huge stadium and conditions and everything. I just stayed actually very positive and composed, because I was out there battling with myself first, I think, because I wanted kind of too much, you know. That was all about.

“Then, yeah, I was just fighting mentally to find adjustment and to be close with her at the scoreboard, and eventually I got my chances. And I think I played really well the tiebreak.

“Yeah, I went for my game. I went for some variation. I think I played differently at some point, you know, trying to use more the court to make her run, as well. Because she was doing that pretty well to me. And also put some slices in my game, dropshots.

“And something new I put today was the serve and volley on such important points (smiling). I impress myself kind of (smiling). I was, Okay, great. What I’m gonna do now?

“Because every time I would serve good on the backhand, she would go, like, very deep and return well. I was, like, Okay, let’s just be creative here.

“And it paid off, and it gave me a chance to fight a third set. I think the third set was the best game of today for me.”

There were 11 breaks of serve in this match and Wozniacki regretted missing chances.

“I didn’t take some of my opportunities in the third set. I didn’t break her when I had the opportunity. I didn’t hold when I had the opportunity and, all of sudden, those games kind of slipped away.

“And she had some big forehands when she needed to and then, all of a sudden, I see myself down 5-2, and it could maybe have been different.”

Mladenovic will be the No. 1 French women player when the next rankings come out.

The other women’s semifinal will feature No. 3 Karolina Pliskova and No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In men’s action, a pair of “Pablos” squared off for a place in the final four.

No. 21 Pablo Carreno Busta from Spain saved two match points to beat 27th seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (4).

“It’s my first time in the semifinal in a Masters 1000, but here in Indian Wells is — you know, for me, this tournament is one of the best, not just the Masters 1000, one of the best tournaments in the year and maybe one of the tougher, because all the people is playing here, all the top 20,” said the Spaniard.

“So I think it’s a really great result for me.”

“Always with Cuevas– with Pablo is I need to be very focused on my game, very aggressive, because his second serve or his kick, you know, the ball is bounce a lot. So I need to be aggressive and I need to dominate the points, because he’s really dangerous with his forehand.”

Stan Wawrinka

Carreno Busta will play No. 3 Stan Wawrinka who defeated No. 8 Dominic Thiem in the semifinals 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(2).

“I’m really happy,” said Wawrinka. “Again, tiebreak. The level was really high tonight. I’m really happy the way I was playing, the way I find a way to win it. He’s a strong player, really tough to play. I think in general we play both really high level, and the match was only one, two points.

“I think in the third set tiebreak I served really well. I was really focused to not give him anything. And, again, it’s a great win for me.”

“I think it’s a little bit experience, a little bit the confidence, a little bit thinking about what you want to do and just do it without thinking if you’re gonna miss or no.

“I think in those moments you need to trust your game and that’s what I did well. I was playing well. I could have lose the match, for sure. But, in general, I try to stay focused with my game, with my game plan, and don’t give in anything.

“I know also that’s when I play good tennis. I can beat anybody. So that’s give me a lot of confidence.”

 

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BNP Paribas Open – Wednesday Results, Thursday Schedule

 

BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA

$7,913,405 (ATP)

$7,699,423 (WTA)

6-19 MARCH 2017

 

RESULTS – MARCH 15, 2017

Men’s

Singles – Fourth Round

[15] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [2] N. Djokovic (SRB) 64 76(3)

[3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [LL] Y. Nishioka (JPN) 36 63 76(4)

[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) d D. Young (USA) 62 64

[9] R. Federer (SUI) d [5] R. Nadal (ESP) 62 63

[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d [10] G. Monfils (FRA) 63 62

[27] P. Cuevas (URU) d [11] D. Goffin (BEL) 63 36 63

[17] J. Sock (USA) d M. Jaziri (TUN) 46 76(1) 75

[21] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d [Q] D. Lajovic (SRB) 64 76(5)

Men’s

Doubles – Quarterfinals

Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) d [3] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 67(2) 63 10-6

[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 76(5) 64

[6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d N. Djokovic (SRB) / V. Troicki (SRB) 36 62 10-6

[8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 61 63

 

Women’s

Singles – Quarterfinals

[3] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [7] G. Muguruza (ESP) 76(2) 76(5)

[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [19] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 63 62

 

Women’s

Doubles – Quarterfinals

[1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) 63 36 10-8

[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 62 61

 

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am

WTA – [13] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [28] K. Mladenovic (FRA)

 

Not Before 1:00 pm

ATP – [21] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [27] P. Cuevas (URU)

 

Not Before 5:00 pm

WTA – [12] V. Williams (USA) vs [14] E. Vesnina (RUS)

 

Not Before 7:00 pm

ATP – [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)

ATP – [6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA)

STADIUM 2 start Not Before 2:30 pm

WTA – Possible Court Change – [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs [6] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)

 

Not Before 7:00 pm

WTA – After Suitable Rest – L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

 

 

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Federer Beats Nadal, Djokovic Loses to Kyrgios at BNP Paribas Open

Roger Federer

(March 15, 2017) Ninth seed Roger Federer took out fifth seed Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 in a fourth-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. This was the first time since the 2004 third round in Miami that they met so early in a tournament. For the Swiss, it was his thirteenth win over the Spaniard in thirty-six attempts. For the first time in their rivalry, it’s the third straight victory over Nadal for Federer. Federer beat Nadal in the final of the Australian Open at the end of January.

“It’s a nice feeling to win the last three. I can tell you that,” said Federer.

“But most importantly, I won Australia. That was big for me. On the comeback, I look back at that and think that was one of the coolest things I ever experienced in my career.

“Basel was special, too, for many reasons, because I used to be ballboy there. I never played Rafa prior to that finals.

“Then now, here, after the Australian hype, you know, to play here in America right away, all of them are very special.

“I mean, all the matches that we have played are unique in many ways for both of us, winning or losing. So I take it. Obviously can’t celebrate too long this time around. I have to get back to work in a couple of days.”

Federer broke Nadal’s serve a total of four times, twice in each set for the win in 68 minutes.

“The main thing he take the break in the first game, and I had break point in the next game and come back and he had a good serve,” said Nadal.

“When Roger have advantage, his serve is so good, he has a lot of confidence with his serve, he’s able to play much more relaxed, no?

“Worst thing in that match for me was from the beginning I was in disadvantage breaking the first game of the match, and then breaking the second game of the second set. So that’s so difficult to play against Roger this way.”

“It was all about coming out and trying to play the way I did in Australia,” said Federer to media. “I didn’t think it was going to be that possible, to be quite honest, because the court is more jumpy here or more rough, let’s say, so it’s hard to put the ball away.

“I have seen, as well, like against Johnson yesterday, when you serve well and stay on the offensive and you press, you can actually play some really good, aggressive tennis here.

“It’s hard to dig your way out of defense, because the ball doesn’t skid on you as an attacker, and I think I did well again today. You know, I said yesterday it was more a sprint than a marathon. So getting in the lead was crucial, and then staying on the offense and pressing was the goal for me.

“Once I got the break in the second set, obviously you had to be very careful you didn’t get down double break. And I was able to hold my serve, and he couldn’t find a way how to get into my service games more frequently. Next thing you know, it’s all over. It was a really good performance by me, I thought.”

 

Nick Kyrgios

Three-time defending Indian Wells champ Novak Djokovic had his 19-match winning streak at the tournament snapped by 15th seed Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 7-6(3).
“Well, the run was amazing,” said Djokovic. “I am very proud of it, obviously. It had to end at some stage. Unfortunately, it was today.

“Well, Nick, again, as he did in Acapulco earlier, few weeks ago, he served so well. Just wasn’t managing to get a lot of balls back on his serve, first and second, as well.

“So I guess that’s what made a difference.”

The number two seed fell victim to the Australian for the second time in two weeks. Kyrgios beat Djokovic in Acapulco.
“I guess conditions like today where the ball travels through the air very fast and it bounces very high, you know, it’s a gamble,” said the Serb.

“And on his first serves, to try to anticipate and read his serve, where he’s going to go 140 miles per hour down the T and also pretty good angle wide, so it’s hard to position yourself well. Let’s call it that way. It is a gamble.

“His second serve, if you think you’re going to have a look at it, you don’t, because he goes for it, as well. He didn’t make too many double faults.

“As I said, you know, in this kind of conditions, it’s quite suitable for the server. Puts a lot of pressure on your service games. You know, you need to deliver and you can’t fold, which I did in the opening game of the match. Obviously, the dynamic of the match already went his way in the first/second game.

“Yeah, it was hard to come back from that one, although I did have my chances, did have some 30-Alls and deuces. I don’t think I reached a break point, but I did have some close games on his serves, but I just wasn’t able to deliver what was important at that stage.”
Kyrgios hit 14 aces against Djokovic.

“I knew it was going to be a tough battle today,” said Kyrgios. “I knew he wanted to come out there and obviously after Acapulco to come out there and win.

“The conditions are completely different here than they are in Acapulco. I don’t think I served anywhere near as I did in Acapulco. I fought for every point, and obviously we were a bit — I think both of us were a bit nervous at times.

“I thought it was a pretty good match. I played the crucial points pretty well. Obviously I just served well again. Yeah, it was good to get through.”

Kyrgios will take on Federer for a place in the semifinals. Kyrgios is 1-0 against the 18-time major champion.

Stan Wawrinka

No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka had to battle back from two breaks in the third set to defeat lucky loser Yoshihito Nishioka 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) to advance.

“Well, was really tough match, of course, ” said Wawrinka. “He served twice for the match. He had breaker in the third.

“I wasn’t playing great. I was not moving well at the beginning. I was a little bit hesitating with my game. I think in general in the third set I played better than the two first sets. I got, I would say, maybe to break a little bit quick especially at 5-5.

“But in general I was finding a little bit better my game. I was playing a little bit more aggressive. I was more calm, making more long rally.

“Again, I’m really happy to get through for sure. You have to be a little bit lucky when he served twice for the match, but I’m happy to fight well enough to give me a chance to play tomorrow night.”

Other men reaching the elite 8 of Indian Wells includes: No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori, who defeated Donald Young 6-2, 6-4,  No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem dominated No.  10 seed Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2, No. 17 seed Jack Sock who won 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-5 over Malek Jaziri, No. 21 Pablo Carreno Busta, beating qualifier Dusan Lajovic, and No. 27 Pablo Cuevas knocking out No, 11 seed David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Karolina Pliskova

In women’s play, Karolina Pliskova and Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced to the semifinals. In a very tight match, the No. 3 seed Pliskova defeated No. 7 Garbine Muguruza 7-6, 7-6.

“Definitely the best match for me in this tournament,” said the Czech. “Also, like, it was good player, so the level ultimately goes a little bit more up, little better player.

“So definitely from the baseline I think was fine. But, yeah, the way how I was finishing those sets, I’m not happy with that, because I was serving into both. In the second one I was serving twice.

“Even 40-15 up, I don’t think it can happen with my serve. Like, anything is possible in tennis, but I just have to serve few times. I had a good rally once on my forehand.

“So, yeah, a little bit unlucky, but, yeah, just not happy with the way how it finished, but happy how I, in the end, still stayed there.

“And the tiebreaks, especially in the second one was not easy, because I had in my head, I had some match points and I had 5-2. So, yeah, so happy that I stayed there and closed it in the second tiebreak, as well.

“And obviously my serve not really good today, as the whole tournament.”

Kuznetsova defeated Russian countrywoman Anastasia Pavyluchenkova 6-3, 6-2.

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BNP Paribas Open – Tuesday Results, Wednesday Schedule

 

BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA

$7,913,405 (ATP)

$7,699,423 (WTA)

6-19 MARCH 2017

 

RESULTS – MARCH 14, 2017

Men’s

Singles – Third Round

[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [31] J. del Potro (ARG) 75 46 61

[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [25] G. Muller (LUX) 62 62

[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d [26] F. Verdasco (ESP) 63 75

[9] R. Federer (SUI) d [24] S. Johnson (USA) 76(3) 76(4)

[17] J. Sock (USA) d [12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 36 63 76(7)

  1. Young (USA) d [14] L. Pouille (FRA) 64 16 63

[15] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [18] A. Zverev (GER) 63 64

  1. Jaziri (TUN) d [WC] T. Fritz (USA) 64 36 63

Women’s

Singles – Fourth Round

[14] E. Vesnina (RUS) d [2] A. Kerber (GER) 63 63

[3] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [15] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 51 Retired

[19] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [5] D. Cibulkova (SVK) 64 36 62

[7] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [10] E. Svitolina (UKR) 76(5) 16 60

[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [21] C. Garcia (FRA) 61 64

[13] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [9] M. Keys (USA) 64 64

[12] V. Williams (USA) d [Q] S. Peng (CHN) 36 61 63

[28] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d L. Davis (USA) 63 63

Women’s

Doubles – Quarterfinals

[6] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d [4] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) 64 64

  1. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / C. Liang (CHN) 64 60

 

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am

ATP – D. Young (USA) vs [4] K. Nishikori (JPN)

 

Not Before 1:00 pm

WTA – [19] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

 

Not Before 3:00 pm

ATP – [15] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)

 

Not Before 5:00 pm

ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [9] R. Federer (SUI)

 

Not Before 7:00 pm

WTA – [3] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs [7] G. Muguruza (ESP)

 

Not Before 8:30 pm

ATP – [10] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am

ATP – [Q] D. Lajovic (SRB) vs [21] P. Carreno Busta (ESP)

ATP – [11] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [27] P. Cuevas (URU)

 

Not Before 2:00 pm

ATP – M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [17] J. Sock (USA)

 

Not Before 6:00 pm

ATP – [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [LL] Y. Nishioka (JPN)

ATP – After Suitable Rest – N. Djokovic (SRB) / V. Troicki (SRB) vs [6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)

STADIUM 3 start 3:00 pm

ATP – [3] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA)

ATP – J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

ATP – After Suitable Rest – [8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)

STADIUM 4 start 2:00 pm

WTA – S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

 

Not Before 3:00 pm

WTA – After Suitable Rest – [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA

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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…

 

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BNP Paribas Open – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA

$7,913,405 (ATP)

$7,699,423 (WTA)

6-19 MARCH 2017

 

RESULTS – MARCH 13, 2017

Men’s

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

Men’s

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

Women’s

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

Women’s

Doubles – Second Round

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

 

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017

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)

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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….

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BNP Paribas Open – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA
$7,913,405 (ATP)
$7,699,423 (WTA)
6-19 MARCH 2017

RESULTS – MARCH 12, 2017
Men’s
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

Men’s
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

Women’s
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

Women’s
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

ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017
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)

 

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