Osaka Ousts Sharapova At Indian Wells; Moms Serena, Azarenka Return Today
by Staff | March 8th, 2018, 9:45 am
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Two-time champion Maria Sharapova fell out of the Indian Wells Masters on opening night at the event. The former No. 1 had no answer for the overpowering 20-year-old Naomi Osaka who scored a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

“I knew [Sharapova] would fight for everything because I’ve watched her since I was little,” Osaka said. “I was just really honored to play her.

“Everybody knows that she fights for every point, so I just tried to tell myself if I fight for every point too, then it could be an equal match.”

Osaka will now face Agnieszka Radwanska. Sharapova, who won Indian Wells in 2006 and 2013, has lost her last three matches and since returning last April, she has made just one final.

“I’ve been working through a few physical things,” Sharapova said, “and that’s been frustrating because there’s been a lot of starts and stops since I’ve come back and that hasn’t really given me the type of playing match rhythm that I really wanted, but I felt like I committed today and there are a lot of good things that I can take away.

“It hasn’t been an easy couple of weeks since Doha, trying to get healthy, but it’s there, I need some time. I’ve done it before. It’s obviously frustrating to lose these types of matches that you get ready for and you want to win but it’s part of the process, I realize that.”

Among the other results on day one, Sachia Vickery upended Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-4; Belinda Bencic beat Timea Babos in a final set breaker and Sam Stosur came from a set down to deny Lauren Davis.

On Thursday, in a night twin-bill, mothers Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka make their tour returns. Serena will take on Zarina Diyas while Azarenka meets Heather Watson.

“It’s official,” Serena posted on Instagram. “My comeback is here. This Thursday I will start playing tennis again professionally for the first time since giving birth to my daughter. This whole month I am playing tournaments in California and Florida- both my home states. Thursday, the day I play my very first match, marks international women’s day.”

The men also take the court led by Americans Ryan Harrison, Steve Johnson and a clash between Reilly Opelka and Taylor Fritz.

THURSDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE
STADIUM 1 Starts At 11:00 Am 
1st Rd Taylor Fritz VS (WC) Reilly Opelka 
Not Before 1:00 Pm 
1st Rd (Q) Sara Sorribes Tormo VS Catherine Bellis 
Followed By 
1st Rd Steve Johnson VS Daniil Medvedev 
Followed By 
1st Rd Ryan Harrison VS Federico Delbonis 
Not Before 7:00 Pm 
1st Rd Serena Williams VS Zarina Diyas 
Followed By 
1st Rd (WC) Victoria Azarenka VS Heather Watson 

STADIUM 2 Starts At 11:00 Am 
1st Rd (WC) Danielle Collins VS (Q) Taylor Townsend 
Followed By 
1st Rd Borna Coric VS Donald Young 
Followed By 
1st Rd (WC) Sofya Zhuk VS Alizé Cornet 
Followed By 
1st Rd Denis Shapovalov VS (Q) Ricardas Berankis 
Followed By 
1st Rd Jared Donaldson VS (Q) Evan King 
Not Before 8:30 Pm 
1st Rd Karen Khachanov VS Evgeny Donskoy 


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37 Comments for Osaka Ousts Sharapova At Indian Wells; Moms Serena, Azarenka Return Today

Humble Rafa Says:

It is good to play tennis in your backyard, so you can take care of the kids, fight with the baby daddy and have fun.


Margot Says:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/07/serena-williams-comeback-international-womens-day What a great day to make your return to tennis, Serena. Good luck1


Humble Rafa Says:

International Men’s Day is November 19. Please remind me, dear.


Margot Says:

HR: 364 days of the year are International Men’s days, love.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot and Humble……..Y’all make me laugh out loud!! 😂😂😂


j-kath Says:

Whoever rules the kitchen rules the household…..


Daniel Says:

Margot,

363, there is a LGBT day;-)


Willow Says:

I Doubt she will ever be the same player that she once was, i think shes going into a natural decline ….


skeezer Says:

I am sorry, there are other women days: Valentines day as an example :)
There is also HR’s favorite day: Cats day.


j-kath Says:

Skeezer: Valentine’s Day is for men – women don’t need to be re-assured they are loved, they are all so lovable.


AndyMira Says:

JK….Hehehe…Yeaahh!!


Markus Says:

JK, is that so? Then why have I been spending so much on Valentine’s day for dinner, roses and chocolates for my wife?


Humble Rafa Says:

women don’t need to be re-assured they are loved, they are all so lovable.

You clearly haven’t met ALL the women.


skeezer Says:

“Valentine’s Day is for men”
WTF?


Margot Says:

Heavens to Betsy, agreeing with HR @ 9.04, find myself having to lie down in a darkened room with a large G n T again…it’s a hard life…


skeezer Says:

Heaven to Betsy Margot, must you take all this topic comments so seriously?
Will you be my Valentines?❤️


AndyMira Says:

Awww!..That is so sweet Skeeze!…Here…dedicate this to M!…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NipGuITW5J8


Willow Says:

Without been cynical Valentines day is alot of consumer nonsense, partners can show each other they love them without the need for flowers, chocolates, hearts etc, on any day of the year, why does it take valentines day ?


j-kath Says:

Markus: It is rather a delicate situation – sorri I can’t be more explicit on line – but here’s a clue : Sex life?


Amit Says:

Am still looking out for my valentine😭😭😭


Amit Says:

Rafa and Andy have nice valentines though…😜😜😜😛


Willow Says:

so does my husband with the woman he lives with lol ….


Margot Says:

Holy Moly Skeeze, that’s the best offer I’ve had for at least half an hour😵
Of course 💓💘💟


Daniel Says:

I like Valentines day for a nice dinnner out and presents exchange! Together they make 5 main dates a year: each others birthday, relationship/marriage anniversary, Christmas and valentines day;-)


Daniel Says:

But, I am all for sharing the bill and motel equally;-) When is time to pleasure, both sides climax the same way, unless one fakes it LOL


j-kath Says:

Daniel—-Whoa – U have shocked my Presbyterian nature — You must be keeping too much company with the Naughties!


Markus Says:

Thankfully, my wife is still among those women who appreciate it when men do something nice to them and do not consider it sexist. Consumer nonsense perhaps but obviously my wife is pleased, so why not? By the way, where did I say that I do it only on Valentine’s day? I am very old world and traditional so I like to keep those things going.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot……Wow…..you have got to be the most popular female poster on TX!!!! Skeezer asked you to be his Valentine!! That has got to be one the most shocking things that Skeezer has ever done……for a non-Federer fan!! Lol!


Okiegal Says:

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day everyone! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Missing my valentine everyday…….very much……I took my bestie out to a wonderful eating establishment on October 14, 2017, which would have been mine and Byron’s 50th Anniversary…….celebrated with a dear friend……I can say one thing…don’t take your spouses for granted…….


Willow Says:

Blimey Daniel your post made me blush reading it lol ….


Willow Says:

Markus no offence, i just meant we should be nice to each other all year around not just on Valentines day, like at christmas when people say the season of good will, well what about the rest of the year ?


j-kath Says:

For us – it was simply a lovely excuse to dine out – a rose on the table and a mix of romantic music to dance to. Such evenings subtly enhance relationships.

When we unexpectedly lose our partner such occasions become precious memories.

To dear Willow: Of course we should be nice to each other all year round – but the reality is we never are.


BBB Says:

In the end I’m not sure Sharapova gained much by getting her suspension reduced…..


Markus Says:

At least there is one day (or two) a year that somebody is nice to another instead of being relentlessly mean the whole year round.


Markus Says:

Money, that’s what Maria gained.


Okiegal Says:

@JK…..Awww love that you shared with us how you and Walter celebrated the special occasion…..especially the dancing. We stopped dancing as we got older, but trust me…. I can still cut a rug……I just need a partner! 💃🕺🏼I love to dance!


Willow Says:

J-Kath so true my friend ….

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