April 27, 2017

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.

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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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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.

 

 

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BNP Paribas Open – Saturday Results, Sunday Schedule

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

RESULTS – MARCH 11, 2017
Men’s
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)

Men’s
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

Women’s
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

Women’s
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

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
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)

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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.

 

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