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Venus Williams Keeps it Rolling at WTA Indian Wells; Semis Preview

Posted by Staff on March 16th, 2018 @ 12:06 am

American Venus Williams and Russian Daria Kasatkina lined up a semifinal meeting at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., after wins on Thursday.

The No. 8-seeded Williams kept building on her early-round win over sister Serena, on Thursday beating Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-2.

“You kind of hope for this kind of scoreline, but you never know if you’re actually going to get it,” Venus said afterwards. “I was …

Federer v Chung As QFs Begin At Indian Wells; Del Po, Raonic Play Friday

Posted by Staff on March 15th, 2018 @ 11:53 am

Roger Federer will get another look and the young Korean phenom Hyeon Chung tonight in the quarterfinals. In January in their Australian Open semifinal, Chung had to retire in the second set due to a debilitating blister on his left foot. A healthier Chung relishes a chance at redemption tonight against the Swiss who’s undefeated at 15-0 in the year.

In the other quarterfinal, this afternoon US Open finalist Kevin Anderson …

Big Men Del Potro, Querrey, Raonic Advance At Indian Wells, Cilic Out; Federer Leads 4th RD Wed.

Posted by Staff on March 14th, 2018 @ 10:30 am

The big men took the center stage Tuesday at the Indian Wells Masters, and three advanced while recent Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic fell to Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4.

It was the German’s fifth win in six tries on hard courts against Cilic, and ends a streak of 13 straight losses to Top 10 players.

“Very happy,” Kohlschreiber said. “I think my performance worked quite well from the start. I felt like …

Wozniacki Upset as Venus, Halep, Kerber Advance Into Quarters at WTA Indian Wells

Posted by Staff on March 14th, 2018 @ 8:42 am

World No. 1 Simona Halep advanced Tuesday, and No. 8 seed Venus Williams made good on her previous victory over her sister at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Halep overcame a rough start against China’s Qiang Wang to advance 7-5, 6-1, while Williams kept her momentum moving forward with a 7-6(6), 6-4 victory over No. 21 seed Anastasija Sevastova.

Halep’s reward is a quarterfinal meeting with the unseeded Petra Martic, …

Federer Flies Into Indian Wells 4th RD, Fritz Wins Again; Del Potro v Ferrer Today

Posted by Staff on March 13th, 2018 @ 9:12 am

Roger Federer ran his perfect 2018 record to 14-0 Monday by blasting Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round at Indian Wells.

Federer did drop serve early on in the lopsided match, but ended winning 10 of the last 11 games.

“I was playing aggressive and feeling like he was not loving my slice, and then also mixing in with drop shots eventually,” Federer said. ” I think …

Venus Subdues Serena in Indian Wells Match that Doesn’t Disappoint; Tuesday Preview

Posted by Staff on March 13th, 2018 @ 8:30 am

No. 8 seed Venus Williams beat her unseeded sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 to cap another eventful day on Monday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Still coming up to speed after the birth of her first child, Serena was a step slow and, while fighting off match points in the second set and coming within a game of making a comeback from a break down, was generally at the …

Roger Federer To Make Clay Decision After Miami, Won’t Rule It Out Right Now

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 12th, 2018 @ 1:32 pm

Roger Federer didn’t rule out the clay season, at least not yet, he said yesterday at Indian Wells. The Swiss, who skipped the clay last year, says he will make a decision whether to play on the slippery surface after Miami, but will likely not play Monte Carlo.

“I probably won’t play in the very beginning, you know, meaning Monaco. Also have a Foundation trip I’m doing at that time, so …

Roger Federer: It’s Not That Surprising Novak Lost

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 12th, 2018 @ 1:26 pm

While most in the tennis world were stunned by Novak Djokovic’s collapse yesterday to qualifier Taro Daniel at Indian Wells, Roger Federer wasn’t.

And consider Federer won the Australian Open last year after taken six months off the tour!

“To me, it’s not that surprising,” Federer said of Novak’s loss. “When you go away from the game for, let’s say, over a two-month period maybe, it starts feeling a little bit that …

Novak Djokovic: It Was Very Weird, Like Playing My First Match On Tour

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 12th, 2018 @ 1:18 pm

Novak Djokovic’s return was stunningly cut short yesterday at Indian Wells. The 5-time champion was bounced by qualifier Taro Daniel 76, 46, 61.

Djokovic produced a myriad of errors late in the match, and appeared to give up on points. After, he explained.

“For me it felt like first match I ever played on the tour,” Djokovic said. “Very weird. I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything. Just struggled also …

Anisimova Leads Stunning Upsets Sunday at Indian Wells; Serena v Venus Monday

Posted by Staff on March 12th, 2018 @ 10:24 am

Half of the 10 matches on Sunday at Indian Wells featured upsets, but none were more stunning than 16-year-old American Amanda Anisimova, the reigning US Open girls’ champion, defeating Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-4.

The victory snapped Kvitova’s 14-match winning streak in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.

“She’s the best player I have ever played, and it was the biggest court I have ever played on,” said …

Djokovic Crashes Out Of Indian Wells, Zverev Falls; Federer, Del Potro Advance

Posted by Staff on March 12th, 2018 @ 9:52 am

Novak Djokovic’s return ended with more questions than answers at Indian Wells Sunday. The 5-time champion looked good early on against qualifier Taro Daniel, but after a slew of errors – especially off the backhand – it was Daniel who came away with the shock 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1 win.

By the end of the match, Djokovic was barely moving for some of Daniel’s winning shots, and, as he did in a …

Serena, Venus Set Up Monday Showdown At Indian Wells; Keys Can’t Solve Collins

Posted by Staff on March 11th, 2018 @ 10:43 am

Serena and Venus Williams will meet again Monday at Indian Wells in the third round. The two who boycotted the event for many years after a 2001 incident at the event.

Venus cruised past Sorona Cirstea 6-3, 6-4 but Serena had to figth hard to beat Kiki Bertens. The Dutchwoman was the better player early and served for the opening set at 5-4, but couldn’t close falling in the end 7-6(5), …

Federer Stopped By Rain At Indian Wells, Dimitrov Upset; Djokovic Returns Sunday

Posted by Staff on March 11th, 2018 @ 10:19 am

About the only thing that can stop Roger Federer these days is Mother Nature. After a brief rain delay to the start of his opening match last night against Federico Delbonis, the Swiss avoided some early bumps before rolling out to a 6-3, 2-2 lead. And then the rains returned canceling the night at about 10:30pm local time.

Federer and the Argentine will resume this afternoon.

Before the rains, Spanish veteran Fernando …

Undefeated Federer Opens Play Saturday At Indian Wells; Young Guns De Minaur, Auger-Aliassime Impress

Posted by Staff on March 10th, 2018 @ 10:58 am

Roger Federer takes the stage tonight at Indian Wells. The Swiss is 12-0 on the season and is seeking a record sixth Indian Wells title. He’ll open against Federico Delbonis who beat Federer in their only meeting in Hamburg in 2013.

“You always have [something to prove]. As much as I’d like to tell you, ‘Yeah, it doesn’t matter how I play here’, I didn’t come here to lose in …

Muguruza Out At Indian Wells As Americans Score Upsets; Williams, Azarenka-Stephens Saturday

Posted by Staff on March 10th, 2018 @ 10:10 am

Garbine Muguruza continued her non-Slam slump falling in her opening match at the Indian Wells Masters to unheralded American Sachia Vickery 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Muguruza, who hasn’t won a title since Wimbledon, led in the match by a set and held points for 4-0 in the second. But the Spaniard couldn’t put away Vickery who won the last five games and 12 of the final 14 points of the match.

“I’m going …