Hewitt Wins, Townsend Credits Brussel Sprouts at Indian Wells; Friday Preview
by Staff | March 8th, 2013, 8:43 am

There were few surprises on the men’s side as the un-seeds battled each other on Day 1 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Among the bigger names into round two were David Nalbandian, Bernard Tomic, Kevin Anderson, Ryan Harrison who needed three sets to beat Japan’s Go Soeda after winning the first set 6-0, and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt who outlasted Lukas Rosol 6-1 in the third.

“It was tough conditions, really cold and windy,” said Hewitt, who will next meet John Isner. “First set early on we both could have got breaks and then I had a lot more opportunities as the set went on. I played pretty well, felt like I was making him play a lot of balls and I was able to get that under my belt. Early in the second set I played a bit of a loose game and he got a lot more confident. He served well for the rest of the second set, which put me under pressure. The third set I tried to get onto his serve again at the start, I was able to do that, fought hard to go up a break. Then I got better as the match went on.”

On the women’s side in first-round action the notable winners were American Jamie Hampton topping countrywoman (WC) Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1 in the third, American (WC) Madison Keys outlasting countrywoman Melanie Oudin in three, and American (WC) Taylor Townsend getting her first WTA win, beating Lucie Hradecka from a set down.

“Honestly I didn’t think it was a very good match from either of us, particularly the first set,” Oudin said. “I just thought we both made so many errors. It got better as the match went on, but the first set was terrible, just the amount of mistakes we were both making. Our matches are usually good. It’s hard playing a friend, another American – she knows what I’ll do and I know what she’ll do.”

The 16-year-old American Townsend credited a new fitness regime coming into the season.

“I always thought I belonged at this level. It’s so surreal — it’s coming to pass,” she said. “This was the first year I’ve really buckled down and had a good pre-season. I got a new trainer and we hit it hard for six weeks — I also went back to the basics and worked on some stuff in practice. It’s the first year I’ve done that consistently, and I can see the work coming to fruition. I’ve had to give up eating a lot of stuff, and I’ve had to start eating a lot of stuff I don’t really like, like brussel sprouts. I think that’s typical for a lot of kids, though. But I’m starting to like it.”

Matches to look for Friday are (13) Maria Kirilenko vs. American upstart Christina Mchale, former Slam winner Francesca Schiavone vs. (2) Maria Sharapova, and (18) Jelena Jankovic vs. former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova.

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
P Andujar (ESP) vs [WC] S Johnson (USA) – ATP
[13] M Kirilenko (RUS) vs C Mchale (USA) – WTA
[WC] J Blake (USA) vs R Haase (NED) – ATP
F Schiavone (ITA) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
Not Before 7:00 PM
[WC] M Sanchez (USA) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL) – WTA
Not Before 8:30 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs M Cilic (CRO) / J Erlich (ISR) – ATP

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
[5] P Kvitova (CZE) vs O Govortsova (BLR) – WTA
[WC] J Sock (USA) vs [Q] I Karlovic (CRO) – ATP
[18] J Jankovic (SRB) vs S Kuznetsova (RUS) – WTA
B Becker (GER) vs [Q] B Reynolds (USA) – ATP
L Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP) vs [22] V Lepchenko (USA) – WTA
G Dimitrov (BUL) / F Nielsen (DEN) vs [6] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) – ATP

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9 Comments for Hewitt Wins, Townsend Credits Brussel Sprouts at Indian Wells; Friday Preview

Humble Rafa Says:

Chubby Kid has nothing to worry about. America is a fat nation, and she is just a representative.

If she plays with Serena at some point in the Fed Cup, US can be proud of sending a “Heavy” hitting team.

Colin Says:

Conditions, said Hewitt, are cold and windy. Great!
Just what Andy Murray will like. Well he won’t ENJOY it, but he can play in bad weather(unlike certain higher ranked players!)
He just needs to get the rust out of his game and win those early matches where he can be so maddeningly erratic.
What’s wrong with Sprouts, Taylor? My favorite vegetable, though you, like Hewitt, may find conditions windy – if you see what I mean…

mat4 Says:

It is true that a lot of wind favours wood-pushers over aggressive players.

Alok Says:

@HR how about leaving out the personal stuff on athletes and countries you don’t like, i.e., serena, US and townsend, and talk about the tennis that’s being played. Is this kind of stuff necessary?

Humble Rafa Says:

You think I am the only one talking about the Chubby Kid’s weight. The USTA is too.

Giles Says:

Alok. Me thinks you are far too serious a person.
This forum could do with a little bit of humour from time to time, so what’s wrong with that?
Lighten up please.

Tennis Tutor Says:

So Nalby is back… now that’s another chubby baby, who could’ve been, should’ve been and would’ve been a serious contender..

Alok Says:

@Giles, I’d rather be thought of as serious than to write unkind remarks about “fat” people, and refer to the entire US population as a fat nation.

FYI, I don’t see humor in ridiculing “fat” people continuously, and if I’m considered as too serious for not seeing the humor, then all I can say is too bad.

Lastly, I do not say anything to you with respect to your comments and/or opinions, so how about you leaving me alone to write mine, eh? Have a nice day!

Giles Says:

^^^ Geez we are serious!

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