(March 10, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – Photographer David Sweet (@DavidSweetPhoto) snapped photos all around the grounds and In the interview room of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday and Monday for Tennis Panorama News.
(March 8, 2014) INDIAN WELLS, California – No. 1 seed Li Na beat Chinese countrywoman Zheng Jie 6-1, 7-5, while fourth seed Maria Sharapova began the defense of her title with an easy 6-1, 6-4 victory over Julia Goerges.
Two seeded German women fell – No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber was upset 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 by Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor while Aleksandra Wozniack stopped No. 15 seed Sabine Lisicki 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (5).
Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic was a set and a break down before stopping Elina Svitolina.
“I just tried to fight her at every point,” Ivanovic said of the turnaround in the second set. It probably wasn’t the best game I had played. I had lot of unforced errors I tried to stick with it and play each point and not try to think about the errors that I made and just to put pressure on her forehand and that worked well for me. I was very happy to manage to come back.”
In the night session, Sloane Stephens ran off the last nine games in a 6-4, 6-0 win over Ajla Tomljanovic. Advancing easily were No. 8 seed Petra Kvitova, No. 11 Ana Ivanovic and No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova.
For Li Na, this is her second tournament since winning the Australian Open.
“This is the first match after Doha, two weeks, and of course for I cannot be 100 percent for the first match,” Li said. “But I was happy. At least I can learn something from today’s match.”
This also marks the first time that Li has been the top seed in a premier mandatory event.
“The first match always tough, because like I say before, you didn’t know what happen on the court,” Li said. “All you can do is like to try to do your best. If you cannot hit good tennis, only one way is running all the shots and to fight every point.”
“First time to be the top seed in a big tournament. Yeah, at least I’m still in the tournament,” she said smiling.
Li will play Karolina Pliskova next in the third round, who took out No. 28 seed Klara Zakopalova 7-5, 6-2,
“The first matches are always a little bit tricky, especially having not played in a few weeks indoor or outdoor,” Sharapova said.
“Tricky opponent, and she’s capable of playing good tennis. She hasn’t been as consistent as she probably would have liked recently, but she’s had her results. She’s beaten top players before, so the first round, that’s never easy, but I thought I did what I had to do. Certainly improvements that I could make.”
(March 8, 2014) Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, and Stanislas Wawrinka all advanced to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday.
Both Murray and Nadal were forced to rally for their victories. No. 1 Rafael Nadal was extended by Radek Stepanek 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 on Stadium 1 to lead off the night session.
“Happy to be through, because the start of the match, even if I felt at the beginning I didn’t play that bad, was very quick 4 1, and I felt I was not playing that bad, no?,” Nadal said.
“He is not the right player to play against in the first round. He’s not the right player because what you want to find in the first round is rhythm and against him every point is different. He goes quick to the net. They don’t give you that few games to find your rhythm, to find a way that you want to play.”
Nadal, who injured his back during the Australian Open final spoke about his concern for the past injury and how his serve was affected during the match. “With my serve I was doing nothing. When that happens, the opponent is able to play more aggressive, play more confident and in the end, eight double faults, I give him an opportunity to win a lot of free points,” Nadal said.
“You know, a little bit scared for the back, Nadal continued. “I am not feeling yet 100% confident with my serve. Even if my back is better than Rio in Rio I was feeling the back not very well.
“I am feeling the back better, but probably that match gonna help me to understand that I really can start to serve normal again, because I was serving with limitations, with, you know, no confidence, because I was scared to feel again the back, no?
“I think I can try to serve again at 100%, because I am feeling better. That match show me that I can try.”
Playing for the first time since the Australian Open Murray came back to beat Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
“Here I have always kind of struggled at the beginning of the tournament with, you know, I don’t know if it’s the conditions or, you know, whatever reason it is, but I have never really started this tournament that well,” Murray said.
“I have always struggled, especially in the first round. So, yeah, just have to try to find a way to get through.”
“I was a set and a break down,” Murray said. “I got broken three times in a row the end of the first set, beginning of the second. I just kind of kept going and found a way to win, which is always the most important thing.”
Seventh seed Federer defeated French qualifier Pail-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 7-6(5).
After his win over Ivo Karlovic, Wawrinka spoke about where he keeps his Australian Open trophy.
“The trophy is in Switzerland in a safe place,” Wawrinka said.
(March 8, 2014) Photographer David Sweet (@DavidSweetPhoto) snapped photos all around the grounds and n the interview room of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday for Tennis Panorama News.
(March 8, 2014) INDIAN WELLS, California – a quick at the more unusual player quotes from the BNP Paribas Open.
Maria Sharapova who was an NBC Olympic correspondent in Sochi was quizzed on the word “twizzle” after her straight sets win over Julia Goerges.
Q. Who is the coolest athlete you met, and do you know what a twizzle is?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: A twizzle? Is that part of figure skating? Right, right. I don’t know if that was a trick question.
Who did I meet? I met a lot of former athletes that were working for NBC, which was like Scott Hamilton. I don’t know. It was really bizarre just like having breakfast around each other like it was no big deal. All these athletes getting together, not actually working on our sport, but that was special.
Q. Did you and Johnny Weir hang out at all?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Unfortunately I missed him, but I was told we had a coat competition. Yeah, we tried to upstage each other’s coats. I brought 12 and he brought 25. I mean, that’s pathetic.
Q. Never going to win that battle?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you never know.
Q. Would you consult him for designing for Serena?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That could be fun. He could design for me, as well.
Serena Williams tweeted her approval for Sharapova’s dress. The Russian was quizzed about this and talked about tennis dresses and how she and Serena Williams could design one for each other.
Q. I think Serena tweeted during your match that your outfit was totally cute. She approved.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Really? Are those her exact words, Totally cute?
Q. She said #approved.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think we have to exchange designs. We have to design an outfit for each other. That would be fun. Without knowing…
Q. Cat suit?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I have to put an end to the cat suit on me (Laughter.) I mean, I’m 26 already, so I think those days are over.
But that would be fun without telling each other what it is, just unveiling it.
Q. You would trust each other to do that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yeah. That would be a lot of fun, don’t you think? You guys would all show up for that, right? (Laughter.)
We’re going to get great coverage. Nike is going to be happy. It’s all good.
Q. What kind of ideas do you have for dressing up Serena then?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It’s our secret. Show up to the unveiling.
Q. No hints?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No hints. I have a few things in mind, a few silhouettes.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 7, 2014
Roger Federer bested Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 7-6(5). The Swiss who has been on twitter about a year was asked about taking “selfies,” as he has recently posted a couple on his twitter account.
Q. On your year or so on Twitter, you have gotten very good at selfies.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, okay.
Q. If you could take a selfie with anybody, who would it be?
ROGER FEDERER: Nobody. I mean, this is totally for the supporters of me, whoever follows me or a fan of me, whoever it is, the people who do, you know, follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Just trying to make it fun and different.
Took me a long time to sort of warm up to social media, because I just didn’t know how it’s supposed to be used ‑ even though there is no rule to it. But I find some people use it in a very funny way and some in a very strange way
First, for myself, I had to find out what was going to be my direction. I saw it more as giving more sort of the extra, you know, sort of hints, sort of my angle, an extra angle to our life on tour.
So it’s actually become quite enjoyable. The last thing I want to feel is pressure that I have to take pictures or have to is something. If I don’t want to post anything for weeks, I have the right to do that and that needs to be the case.
But I must say it’s pretty funny, and it doesn’t stress me out. You just can’t being sucked into it too crazy, otherwise all you start doing is spending time on the phone, and that’s not what I want to start happening to me.
Li Na – no more doubles please.
Q. We see a lot of the top players playing doubles at a tournament like this. Why not you?
LI NA: I think doubles court for me too small enough (Laughter.) I don’t know. Maybe last time I play doubles was 2007. Or I play Olympics I think with a young girl.
When I was stand up the court I even didn’t know what I have to do. Even I return, I was feeling the court so small. Everywhere is people (smiling). I cannot do it.
So for me, I really, how do you say, focus on my singles right now to see maybe I can, I even can improve a little bit.
Q. Do you not like doubles?
LI NA: Not really, no, because you have to, how do you say, talk to your opponent all the time. Yeah.
Stanislas Wawrinka and the boring questions.
Q. Where have you placed the Australian Open trophy? And when do you think it will start getting boring with all the questions and Australia and all the things you achieved over there?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, I think I’m not going to get boring about those questions, you know. It’s more about being Swiss No. 1 that’s annoying me.
But about winning Grand Slam, I think it’s great. It’s positive. So I can answer many few questions if you want.
The trophy is in Switzerland in a safe place
INDIAN WELLS, California (March 8, 2012) – The BNP Paribas Open held their players’ party at the IW club on Thursday night. Driving up to the “Green Carpet” in classic cars included the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, John Isner, Agnieszka Radwanska, Jelena Jankovic, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and a host of others.
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