Serena Overcomes Slow Start To Roll At Indian Wells; Azarenka, Ivanovic, Bouchard On Monday
by Staff | March 13th, 2016, 10:31 pm

Young Yulia Putinseva served for the first set at 5-4 against Serena Williams. But that’s when Serena took charge, easily breaking the Kazakh and never looking back in a 7-6, 6-0 win for the World No. 1.

“I was just trying to find my rhythm out there,” said Serena. “[I was] trying my best to not get off to a slow start. Then I got broken really early and I couldn’t manage to break back.

“But I was just trying to fight out there and do what I could.”

Serena, who won the title in 1999 and 2001, will now face Kateryna Bondarenko on Tuesday.

Also advancing to the fourth round were qualifier Nicole Gibbs, Agnieszka Radwanska and Jelena Jankovic who blew out Coco Vandeweghe 6-0, 6-1. Petra Kvitova needed three sets again to oust Johanna Larsson 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

In the late match, Simona Halep and Ekatarina Makarova were scheduled to tangle.

Monday sees the return of Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic and Genie Bouchard as the third round of play concludes.

Bouchard meets former French Open semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky. The Canadian is still trying to rebuild her game after a suffering a concussion at the US Open.

“Not thinking about last year helps,” Bouchard said. “I have just really been working hard. I took time after Australia to practice. I decided not to play and really just trying to get my game to another level.

“Once in a while I feel like I have little lapses, and I think that’s still maybe to be expected. You never know exactly, you know, how you’re going to heal from these things or how long it will take. In Malaysia I felt like I suffered some symptoms. As I have been here in this great desert, dry weather, I have been great. Just something I constantly monitor. Just trying to stay on top of it.”

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5 Comments for Serena Overcomes Slow Start To Roll At Indian Wells; Azarenka, Ivanovic, Bouchard On Monday

jalep Says:

“In the late match, Simona Halep and Ekatarina Makarova were scheduled to tangle.”

It was another nice win for defending Champ, Simona Halep last night. 62 64. She’s moving well and looking good.

My picks for today:

Ana Ivanovic v Karolina Pliskova. 3 set match. I’ll say – Ana.

Eugenie Bouchard will have a tough match v Timea Bacsinszky – I think Genie might have the confidence to win.

This could be very good: Vika Azarenka v Shuai Zhang. I say Vika but it won’t be easy.

Belinda Bencic over Magdalena Rybarikova.

There isn’t a boring match-up in the bunch!

Home favorite and hot Christina McHale v Sam Stosur. I have no idea…

Johanna Konta over Denia Allertova. Both have been impressive.

Roberta Vinci over Elina Svitolina

Monica Puig over Daria Kasatkina. Wow – another intriguing match-up! 18 yr. old, Russian rising star, Daria Kasatkina and Puerto Rican, Monica Puig, are both on fire the past two months.

jalep Says:

As for the Sascha v Simon match, Tuesday. I’m looking at how long each has spent on court this week. (Not even including the comparison of time Sascha and Gilles spent on court for Davis Cup).

Sascha Zverev: Two tough three set match wins in IW over Ivan Dodig and Grigor Dimitrov, totalling four hours and thirty-eight minutes on court.

Gilles Simon: One strange three set match win in IW over Vasek Pospisil, for a total of 1 hour and twenty-eight minutes.

jalep Says:

Oops…my last post.

Wrong thread. Sorry.

Van Persie Says:


Yay, Simona made it today. I was very relieved. Did not see the match, but I heard she played good.

BBB Says:

I really can’t wrap my mind around what Bouchard is wearing. The tunic is fine, I guess, but the shorts are incredibly sheer for such a short top.

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