Posted by Staff on October 17th, 2021 @ 12:05 am
Last month at the US Open, pro tennis saw arguably the most unlikely women’s Grand Slam final as Emma Raducanu shocked the tennis world winning in New York over Leylah Fernandez.
Now, the men have what is maybe the most surprising Masters final in its history as Nikolaz Basilashvili will meet Cameron Norrie for the Indian Wells title on Sunday.
The 36th-ranked Basilashvili saved two break points while serving for the …
Posted by Staff on October 16th, 2021 @ 1:38 pm
Victoria Azarenka will try to become the first woman to win three Indian Wells titles on Sunday, as she takes on Spaniard Paula Badosa.
The Belarussian outlasted a tough Jelena Ostapenko 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a thriller yesterday to reach her third final in the desert, after winning over Maria Sharapova in 2012 and Serena Williams in 2016.
“I thought the most important [thing], I would say today, was my …
Posted by Staff on October 15th, 2021 @ 11:27 pm
For the first time in Masters history (280 events), there will be no Top 25 players in a Masters semifinals, that’s the case at Indian Wells.
One semifinal was already set between Grigor Dimitrov and Cameron Norrie. Today, the favorites Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas were expected to restore order. That never happened.
Tsitsipas fell apart to the bashing Nikolaz Basilasvili who derailed the Greek in three sets 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to …
Posted by Staff on October 15th, 2021 @ 12:08 am
Paula Badosa kept her incredible breakout 2021 season going Thursday reaching the Indian Wells semifinal after storming past former No. 1 Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-5.
In their first meeting, Badosa and her power and pressure and fewer unforced errors were the difference against the lefty.
Badosa led 5-2 in the second with two match points on the Kerber serve. The German came back to level at 5-all but Badosa got it done …
Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2021 @ 11:47 pm
Grigor Dimitrov backed up his big upset over Daniil Medvedev by edging Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(2) in yet another comeback win.
Hurkacz, the Miami champion, was in full control early on before the Bulgarian came alive in the second set and completed the comeback in a final set breaker.
“I stayed in it,” Dimitrov said in his on-court interview. “Especially after that first set it was very hard for me …
Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2021 @ 10:42 am
The first semifinal at Indian Wells is set and it will be former champion Victoria Azarenka taking on 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko.
Azarenka, who won Indian Wells in 2012 and 2016, overwhelmed Jessica Pegula 6-4, 6-2. Pegula had just whipped Elina Svitolina and beat Azarenka at the Australian, but the 32-year-old Azarenka had all the answers.
“I thought it was a really good match,” Azarenka said. “Very high quality from …
Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2021 @ 10:27 am
Down a set and 4-1 in the second, there wasn’t much hope for Grigor Dimitrov who was minutes from getting bundled out of Indian Wells by Daniil Medvedev in routine fashion.
But yesterday in their fourth round encounter, Dimitrov solved the Medvedev mystery. Locking up his game and using his variety, Dimitrov came from two breaks down, broke Medvedev to take the second then beat him in the third for a …
Posted by Staff on October 13th, 2021 @ 11:32 am
Alexander Zverev has now defeated all of the Big 4! The big German was 0-2 lifetime against Andy Murray, but he turned the tables on the Scot Tuesday afternoon at Indian Wells.
Zverev went down an early break but came back to take the first, then, after choking to serve it out in the second he got it done in the breaker for the 6-4, 7-6(4) win.
“He’s the only one …
Posted by Staff on October 13th, 2021 @ 11:13 am
The quarterfinals are set at the Indian Wells Masters and only one Top 10 seed — No. 10 Angelique Kerber — reached the last eight as upsets have reigned.
Yesterday saw two more Top 5 seeds fall. In a battle of former French Open winners, Jelena Ostapenko knocked out Iga Swiatek 6-4, 6-3.
The error-prone Ostapenko was finished +4 winners to errors on the day in picking up one her of best …
Posted by Staff on October 12th, 2021 @ 11:49 am
It was a mixed day for the top ranked Russians on Monday as Daniil Medvedev kept on his roll while Andrey Rublev was bounced by Tommy Paul.
The US Open champion Medvedev upped his win streak to nine coming from a 4-2 deficit in the tough night conditions at Indian Wells to defeat Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 7-6(1).
“Filip is a really tough opponent. He’s always playing top tennis, very tough matches, especially …
Posted by Staff on October 12th, 2021 @ 11:30 am
Paula Badosa’s breakout 2021 campaign continued Monday at Indian Wells where the Spaniard hammered American Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-2 to reach the fourth round.
Both players were playing their first Indian Wells and facing off against each for a first time. But the elder, more powerful Badosa got through the teen and the rain in just under an hour.
“I know she’s an amazing player,” Badosa said after her 7th Top 20 …
Posted by Staff on October 11th, 2021 @ 11:01 am
Andy Murray picked up one of his best wins since surgery toppling the teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round Sunday at Indian Wells.
The former finalist started strong against the 18-year-old in the first, but the Spaniard with his heavy groundstrokes overpowered Murray to take the first.
Murray got up early again in the second and this time held on. In the decider, Alcaraz’s errors did him …
Posted by Staff on October 11th, 2021 @ 10:41 am
Former champion Simona Halep succumbed to the upset-minded Aliaksandra Sasnovich who eliminated the Romanian 7-5, 6-4 to reach the fourth round at Indian Wells.
“The match was very tough,” Sasnovich said after. “Simona is a big fighter. She has I think one of the strongest character on tour. She’s a champion of a few Grand Slams.”
The 27-year-old Belarussian picked up her second straight win over a Grand Slam winner after a …
Posted by Staff on October 10th, 2021 @ 11:48 am
Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev coasted to opening round wins at Indian Wells on Saturday.
Medvedev cruised past Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-2. The US Open champion has now won 17 of his last 18 matches.
“I’m actually really pleased, because usually I haven’t played well in Indian Wells and I haven’t been playing that well in practices before,” Medvedev told the crowd. “Really happy with my performance. That’s the most important …
Posted by Staff on October 10th, 2021 @ 11:30 am
Bianca Andreescu’s delayed Indian Wells title defense got off to a good start late Saturday night in the desert. The 2019 champion opened play with a tough 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-2 win over American Alison Riske.
Andreescu led big in the second, then held a 2 match points before Riske was able to force a third in the near-three hour affair (which included about an eight minute break after the second).
Andreescu finished …