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March 20th, 2015

Are We Headed For Federer v Nadal Saturday At Indian Wells? Friday QF Picks And Pans

There honestly hasn’t been much Madness so far this March. It began in promising fashion with Davis Cup weekend, but the men’s event at Indian Wells thus far has been a letdown.

Nick Kyrgios-Grigor Dimitrov was exciting. John Isner-Novak Djokovic had some good moments as did several other matches, but there were no real “time capsule” type contests. However, we still have a lot of tennis still to play.

And tomorrow offers wondrous possibilities thanks to our last two men’s quarterfinals with …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:42 am in Indian Wells | 217 Comments »

March 19th, 2015

Serena v Halep Friday In Indian Wells SFs; 2010 Champion Jankovic Meets Lisicki

Two the best women in the world collide Friday in the Indian Wells semifinals as Serena Williams and Simona Halep meet for the first time this year.

The two faced off twice at the end of 2014 splitting two lopsided matches in the WTA Finals with Simona winning the round robin stage while Serena getting revenge in the final.

“I think it will be really good,” Serena said of the matchup after winning her 15th straight match Wednesday. “It’s a good surface …

Posted by Staff @ 11:03 pm in Indian Wells | 1 Comment »

March 19th, 2015

Tomic Withdraws Sending Djokovic Into Indian Wells SF Against Murray; Federer, Nadal One Win Away

Bernard Tomic withdrew ahead of his first career Masters quarterfinal today at Indian Wells due to multiple ailments. Tomic was scheduled to play Novak Djokovic Thursday night, but the 22-year-old talked about both back and wisdom tooth issues.

“[It's the] lower back connecting to the hip area and the groin,” Tomic said. “I have been playing a lot of matches on it, and it’s just very painful now. It was a tough match for me yesterday. I think playing last night …

Posted by Staff @ 10:27 pm in Indian Wells | 7 Comments »

March 19th, 2015

Serena Advances, Djokovic v Tomic Thurs. at Indian Wells

Serena Williams on Wednesday night set up a semifinal at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells against a player who handed her the most devastating loss of her 2014 season.

The world No. 1 last night entered the semifinal round after squashing the 15-match winning streak of Timea Bacsinszky, the No. 27 seed, 7-5, 6-3. Bacsinszky entered Indian Wells winning back-to-back titles in Acapulco and Monterrey.

The Swiss broke the world No. 1 to start the match.

“I played well, but sometimes …

Posted by Staff @ 6:43 am in Indian Wells | 61 Comments »

March 18th, 2015

Kvitova, Kyrgios, Gasquet Out Of Miami

Three top players have already withdrawn from the upcoming Miami Open. Roger Federer is already not playing and today another multiple Wimbledon winner said she will not be there either, Petra Kvitova.

The Czech, who withdrew from Indian Wells, will also miss Miami as she continues to fight exhaustion.

“Unfortunately I am still not feeling 100 per cent and am therefore disappointed to announce my withdrawal from the Miami Open,” she said. “I have always enjoyed playing in Miami so I …

Posted by Staff @ 2:32 pm in Injuries, Miami | 5 Comments »

March 18th, 2015

Wayne Odesnik Gets Hit With Second Doping Offense, Retires, And The Tennis World Applauds

Wayne Odesnik was hit with his second doping offense, the ITF announced today, effectively ending his tennis career thanks to a 15-year ban from the sport.

Odesnik December 14 test returned positive for “one or more of: metabolites of methenolone; metabolites of androst-(2,3)-en-17-one; and GHRP-6″. The 29-year-old will forfeit points earned this year from the Australian Open and any challenger events.

Odesnik then announced his retirement from the sport, but maintained his innocence.

“I am announcing my retirement from professional tennis on the …

Posted by Staff @ 2:24 pm in Drug Testing | 26 Comments »

March 18th, 2015

Federer Has His Revenge, Nadal Cruises; Djokovic v Isner Wednesday At Indan Wells

Roger Federer had his revenge Tuesday at Indian Wells. The Swiss was stunned by Andrea Seppi in the third round at the Australian Open, his only loss of the season. But this time Federer had no troubles with the Italian in a 6-3, 6-4 win.

“It absolutely was an opportunity right away to play him again and sort of erase it to some extent from the memory as the season moves forward,” said Federer.

Federer, who is seeking a fifth Indian Wells …

Posted by Staff @ 9:19 am in Indian Wells | 16 Comments »

March 18th, 2015

Sharapova Knocked Out Of Indian Wells; Serena Tops Sloane To Stay Perfect In 2015, Faces Streaking Bacsinszky

The match on the marquee Tuesday at Indian Wells was the fourth round matchup between Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens. The upstart Stephens who stunned Serena at the Australian Open a few years ago, jumped out on top taking 3-0 lead then eventually holding on to win the first set in a tiebreaker.

But Serena would only lose four games thereafter, taking care of the youngster 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.

“Sloane played really well in the first set. Actually in the whole match,” …

Posted by Staff @ 9:02 am in Indian Wells | 2 Comments »

March 17th, 2015

Former No. 1s Fall Monday; Serena vs. Sloane on Tuesday at Indian Wells

Two former No. 1s were shocked by up-and-comers on Monday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells as Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic were shown the door in third round play.

The No. 5-seeded Ivanovic fell 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to 21-year-old No. 25 seed Caroline Garcia, while the No. 4-seeded Wozniacki was straight-setted by No. 31 Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-4.

Bencic lost 6-0, 6-0 to Wozniacki in their previous meeting.

“I was really happy after the first game I won, obviously, but …

Posted by Staff @ 8:30 am in Indian Wells | 19 Comments »

March 16th, 2015

Sloane Stephens: Serena’s Twitter Fans Hate Me!

American stars Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens meet in one of the better Indian Wells matches scheduled for Tuesday. Sloane beat Serena two years ago in the 2013 Australian Open quarterfinals, stunning the legend in three sets.

Since the loss, the two have had a rocky relationship. Sloane ripped Serena for he lack of comraderie after Australia. Serena responded she was a fan.

Serena went on to win later that year at the US Open, and now comes Act …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:40 pm in Indian Wells | 4 Comments »


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2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
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5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 David Ferrer7 Eugenie Bouchard
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