10
Mar
11

Sands & Oudin struggle into round two.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Vera Dushevina in the opening round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Mattek-Sands called for the trainer while leading 6-4 4-3 and after a lengthy delay, including a visit from the WTA doctor, went on to beat the Russian 6-4 6-4 and set up a second round clash with 10th seed Shahar Peer.

Elsewhere, Lucie Safarova, Alla Kudryavtseva, Anastasija Sevastova, Timea Bacsinszky, Sara Errani and qualifier Alize Cornet all advanced, while there were also wins for Kimiko Date-Krumm, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Alla Kudryavtseva, Sybille Bammer, Monica Niculescu, Coco Vandeweghe, Sania Mirza and Melanie Oudin.

American wild cards Vania King and Lauren Davis bowed out to Gisela Dulko and Zuzana Ondraskova respectively.

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