Anisimova Leads Stunning Upsets Sunday at Indian Wells; Serena v Venus Monday
by Staff | 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 the American-born Anisimova, whose parents are both Russian. “So it was definitely nerve-wracking, but I was enjoying it so much out there and I was playing my best. It was a good day.”

Up next for the 16 year old will be No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova, who on Sunday struggled past No. 32 seed Shuai Zhnag 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

Also on the upset tip were Croat Petra Martic downing No. 6 seed Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3, China’s Qiang Wang rolling over No. 14 Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-2, and Greece’s Maria Sakkari ousting No. 17 CoCo Vandeweghe 6-2, 6-4.

Wang will next meet No. 1 Simona Halep, who escaped 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 against big-hitting American wildcard Caroline Dolehide. Sakkari in the fourth round will face fellow unseeded player Naomi Osaka of Japan, who ended the run of American qualifier Sachia Vickery 6-3, 6-3.

“She’s playing really, really well, and I never played against her, so I didn’t know how the ball is coming,” Halep said of Dolehide. “It was pretty tough in the first set. I played too flat and too fast. So then I tried to miss less and make her move, to roll the ball better. In the end, I think I was stronger on the legs. Also, when I had to finish the point, I did.”

Seeds advancing in second-round play Sunday were No. 10 Angie Kerber over Russian Ekaterina Makarova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, and No. 13 Sloane Stephens handling wildcard and former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in her return to the tour 6-1, 7-5.

“For me the most important is to have a clear head, which obviously right now is not,” said Azarenka, appearing in her first tournament since Wimbledon last year after a child custody dispute. “Once I figure all my stuff outside the court, I’ll be able to focus and be 100 percent when I’m on the court.”

Monday’s highlights in Indian Wells include (8) Venus Williams vs. unseeded sister Serena Williams in the 7 p.m. local time night match, (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and (13) Sloane Stephens vs. (20) Daria Kasatkina.

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

RZ Says:

Quick hello to all! Life has been keeping me busy so I haven’t been on here much the last few weeks. But I did make it to Indian Wells over the weekend. I got to see Federer at the practice court. He was hitting with Diego Schwarzman. Djokovic was practicing one court over, and there was a nice moment when the two greats greeted each other. Didn’t get to see Thiem play or practice, but I was able to snap a few pics of him at an autograph signing. A highlight was briefly meeting Bethanie Mattek-Sands at a signing – she was very outgoing and friendly. Saw a bunch of matches too: Bryan Bros vs Zverev Bros, Ferrer vs Sandgren, Lopez/Lopez vs DelPo/Dmitrov, Kerber vs Makarova (1st set before the rain delay), Felix Auger-Alissiame’s upset of Pospisil (FAA is going to be really good), Cuevas vs Shapovalov (Shaps was fun to watch but needs to learn how to reign in all of his talent – he could have won against Cuevas but overcooked or overran a lot of his shots), Makarova/Vesnina vs Gavrilova/Stosur, and Taro Daniel vs Cam Norrie.

Too bad Andy Murray isn’t playing this tourney. I’m on the road again and can’t watch – he would have done well at IW for once!

Margot Says:

Glad you had a fab tournament RZ. It seems such a fun place, tho I did have an evil laugh when I saw it had, had rain…..!
Saw our boy play the very talented young Greek, and he looked pretty good, once he’d settled.

RZ Says:

@Margot – it’s usually uncomfortably hot during the tournament, so the rain and cooler (but still warm) temps were welcome. Mostly it was drizzle and didn’t affect play beyond a few minutes here or there, until the night. Unfortunate the rain delay (and later cancellation) came when I was up close for Angie’s match. Since they had moved her to a different court, us general admission ticket holders were allowed to sit up in the premium seats.

It is a very fun tournament and a beautiful setting.

RZ Says:

BTW, I tried to watch young guns Chung and De Minaur but was done in by the fact that I can only be in one place at one time.

Margot Says:

Lol RZ, what about trying a touch of cloning? It does look beautiful on tennistv. I have been to California but not in March.

BBB Says:

I like what I see from Anisimova.

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