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12
Mar
12

Indian Wells has been hard hit by a stomach virus epidemic.

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Frenchman Gael Monfils was the highest-profile victim of the illness – which tournament officials were quick to say had nothing to do with their food service. Monfils was one of six players who have either pulled out or quit a match in the past several days due to the illness. WTA players Vera Zvonareva and Vania Kind were forced to withdraw from their third round matches. Other players have complained of ‘not feeling so good’ including Petra Kvitova. Don’t be surprised to see more withdrawls from competition this week!

“There is currently a Coachella Valley-wide virus, which is resulting in symptoms of nausea and vomiting, fever and subsequent diarrhoea,” the local Eisenhower Medical Centre said. “It is self-limited and lasts between 24 and 48 hours. It is transmitted by air and direct contact and not passed via food.” Hospitals across the area had seen a surge of patients with such symptoms. “At Eisenhower Medical Centre, which provides medical support for the BNP Paribas Open, we have seen increases in overall visits to the emergency department by about 15 per cent over the past week, mostly adults and children with these symptoms,” the statement said. “We have seen fans and players at the tournament experience these symptoms as well.”

10
Mar
12

” It was a bad day for me,” admits Jelena Jankovic as she is ousted at Indian Wells.

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While Azarenka survived, Jelena Jankovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova both suffered surprise defeats in Indian Wells. Serbian 12th seed Jankovic was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Jamie Hampton while another American, Vania King, saw off 13th-seeded Russian Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-4. Jankovic, champion in Indian Wells in 2010, had reached the semi-finals in her last two tournaments but her exertions in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur seemed to catch up with her. She was broken five times in total by Hampton, who had already caused something of an upset by getting past Polona Hercog in the opening round. “It was a bad day of tennis for me,” the Serb said afterwards. “I just did not feel the ball. My legs felt so heavy on the court, so I was moving very badly out there.”

Victoria Azarenka’s return to action proved a tough one on Friday but she managed to scrape into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. The world number one, playing for the first time since an ankle problem forced her to miss last month’s tournament in Dubai, was pushed all the way by Germany’s Mona Barthel before winning 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (8/6). Azarenka squandered a 5-1 lead in the second set and then had to come from 4-1 and 5-3 down in the decider, eventually taking it 8-6 in a tense tie-break. In winning, the Australian Open champion moved to 18-0 for the season and afterwards claimed the victory had been one of her more pleasing. “It’s a good feeling to come out from a match like this with a win,” she said. “I could be beating myself up somewhere in my house after losing, but I got through and I’m here. That’s a good sign. To win when you’re not playing your best, it’s more joyful.”

Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova and Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer were also ousted, Czech Klara Zakopalova defeating 19th seed Hantuchova 6-3 6-7 (7/9) 6-3 and Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova overcoming 22nd seed Wickmayer 2-6 6-2 6-4. However, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova eased past Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1 6-3, and fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was a comfortable 6-2 6-4 winner over Sorana Cirstea. Ninth seed Vera Zvonareva and 25th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova were also victorious on Friday, while there were wins for Angelique Kerber, Flavia Pennetta, Jie Zheng and Christina McHale.

20
Mar
11

Coroline Wozniacki wins her 14th WTA title at Indian Wells.

Caroline Wozniacki claimed the title Sunday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 win over France’s Marion Bartoli. The 20-year-old Dane had impressed in her semi-final match against past champion Maria Sharapova two nights earlier, and carried that form into her second straight Indian Wells final, conceding just three points on serve to race through the opening set. Bartoli put up a fight, breaking Wozniacki twice in the second set to extend the match, but the top seed came back strong in the third as she opened up a double-break lead to go up 4-1. Though Bartoli recovered one break of serve and narrowed the lead to 4-3, Wozniacki won the final three games, clinching the title on her second match point when Bartoli’s return sailed long. Wozniacki, who has improved on each of her five visits to Indian Wells, is the eighth different women’s champion here in the last eight years and the 16th overall in tournament history. She has now won 14 tour-level titles, placing her fifth among active players on the WTA tour. Wozniacki also won the Dubai title last month.

 

20
Mar
11

“I wasn’t planning playing doubles here, and here we are, winning the tournament. So it’s pretty amazing.”

The first-time pairing of Alexandr Dolgopolov and Xavier Malisse completed their giant-killing run at the BNP Paribas Open, defeating Olympic gold medalists Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-7(5) 10-7 in the doubles final at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Dolgopolov said about their unlikely road to the title, “We just said hi before this tournament, and we weren’t like really close. He just asked me, ‘Do you want to play?’ like 15 minutes to the deadline of the doubles because I wasn’t planning playing doubles here and here we are, winning the tournament. So it’s pretty amazing.”

Over the tournament fortnight, the Ukrainian-Belgian pairing ousted top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, US Open doubles finalists Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, and three Top 10 singles players in Federer, Andy Murray (w/J. Murray) and Tomas Berdych (w/Tipsarevic). Their five wins all came in a Match Tie-break. “For sure we were doing that the whole tournament, so I wasn’t really nervous in the final,” Dolgopolov said of playing the Match Tie-break. “We had a lot of luck throughout the tournament. You don’t want to lose it because you’re nervous or something. You get lucky, you win; if not, you lose. We just went for it and got a bit of luck as well in the final.”

It was the first title for the 22-year-old Dolgopolov and the fifth doubles title for the 30-year-old Malisse, whose biggest win came seven years ago at Roland Garros with Olivier Rochus. “I think we just go out there and have fun,” said Malisse of their success. “That’s the main reason. That’s what we said in the beginning. And we return really well, so we make the other guys play all the time. At the net we can manage, and I think we serve well. Those are the things that you need in doubles, I guess. Especially the return, which is every time second serve we make them play and it makes a big difference.”

 

19
Mar
11

“I just didn’t have a spark,” says Sharapova in the understatement of the year!

Caroline Wozniacki destroyed Maria Sharapova to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where she will face Marion Bartoli. The Danish world number one broke her error-prone Russian opponent three times in each set triumph 6-1 6-2.

“I Definitely didn’t expect such a score, but I’m very pleased about the way I played and the way I got my tactics to work,” said Wozniacki after reaching her third consecutive WTA final of the year. “It was very important for me to play good defence today, because Maria is hitting the ball hard. It was important to keep depth to my shots and make her move.” Sharapova, champion at Indian Wells in 2006 but playing her first tournament in five weeks after suffering a viral infection, was frustrated after a “really flat” performance.

“I just didn’t have a spark,” stated the 23-year-old Russian, who served up eight double faults. “She played solid. I didn’t take care of the short balls when I had the chance and let her get back in the points. There was not a lot of energy from my side.”

 

 

18
Mar
11

“I want to maintain this level of performance by winning tomorrow.” says Djokovic.

Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic secured a place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open following a straight-sets victory over Richard Gasquet. The Serbian was once again on top form at Indian Wells, surging to a 6-2 6-4 victory to set up a last-four showdown with either Roger Federer or Swiss counterpart Stanislas Warwinka. The one hour 35 minute victory also extends Djokovic’s perfect record this season to 16-0. But he didn’t have it all his own way, twice battling back from early service breaks by Gasquet in each set to seal the win on the showpiece stadium court. Djokovic came from 0-3 down in the second set and capitalised on a rising tally of unforced errors by his opponent to book his place in the last four of the elite ATP Masters 1000 event. “It’s been the best period of my tennis career definitely the last three months, winning a grand slam, the Davis Cup and playing really well here on the court at Indian Wells,” a delighted Djokovic said courtside.

 

 

 

15
Mar
11

“On hard courts I know that I am able to control it. I’m concerned for what’s coming up next, and that’s the claycourt season.” admits Kim.

Kim Clijsters pulled out of the Indian Wells WTA tournament on Tuesday because of a lingering shoulder problem, conceding her fourth-round match to Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli 3-6 3-1. Although the Belgian world number two had won the opening set on the hardcourt surface, she summoned her trainer for treatment on her shoulder when trailing 1-2 in the second and withdrew one game later. Clijsters has been taking pain killers to cope with a pinched shoulder since before she won her fourth grand slam title at the Australian Open in January.

“I had treatment on it while I was off, and it felt fine,” Clijsters told reporters after beating Italy’s Sara Errani 6-3 2-6 6-4 in the third round at Indian Wells on Sunday. “When I’m not training it feels fine but as I got into hitting a little bit more again, it slowly just flared up a little bit.” Asked how concerned she was by her shoulder, Clijsters replied: “On hard courts I know that I am able to control it. I’m concerned for what’s coming up next, and that’s the claycourt season.” The 27-year-old Belgian said she had been taking medication for her shoulder since before the Australian Open. “Nothing seriously, just like an Advil here and there, a painkiller,” said Clijsters. “With those higher shots against the opponent today, I just feel it more … pinching a little bit more when I have to do that kick serve and when I have to reach that right arm up higher with the forehand.”

Bartoli, the 15th seed, advances to the last eight at Indian Wells where she will face 19th-seeded Ana Ivanovic

15
Mar
11

“Ana played really well. She was really on her game today.”

Ana Ivanovic ousted Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 6-2 in an all-Serbian showdown between former BNP Paribas Open champions and WTA World No. 1s on Tuesday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Ivanovic earned the only break of the first set in the opening game and broke again to start the second set. Though Jankovic got back on serve at 2-all, Ivanovic won the final four games to oust the defending champion.

“It was a tough match,” said Jankovic, who fell to a 3-7 record against Ivanovic. “Ana played really well. She was really on her game today. I had a lot of opportunities, a lot of break points. Especially that first set, every game on her serve I almost had a lot of break points, and I managed to convert only one, which was in the second.

“I felt like my game was not really there. I wasn’t really doing the right things out there, and she was really on her game. She was the better player.”

Ivanovic is through to the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals for a fourth time in six appearances. She won the title in 2008 (d. Kuznetsova) and came just short of the title defense the following year (l. to Zvonareva).

15
Mar
11

“Definitely it’s a nice feeling to get it back,” said Safina. “It’s been a while since I had these feelings.”

Dinara Safina knocked out fourth-seeded Australian Samanatha Stosur 7-6(2), 6-4 in one hour and 56 minutes. Safina committed 16 doubles faults, but countered losing her serve three times by breaking Stosur four times from 11 opportunities. “I still managed to win a match, so that’s a good thing,” said Safina. “Apart from that, I still stayed tough mentally. I said, ‘okay, it’s not my day on serving, but it might be on the baseline.’” The former WTA No. 1 had come into the week ranked No. 108, and admitted following her second round win over two-time champion Daniela Hantuchova on Saturday that she’d briefly contemplated retirement earlier this season. “Definitely it’s a nice feeling to get it back,” she said. “It’s been a while since I [had] these feelings, after winning the match that you really can smile and you can enjoy the win. Many things have happened, so I want to just enjoy the moment.”

Maria Sharapova lost her opening service game Monday afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open, but quickly regrouped to defeat No. 20 seed Aravane Rezai of France 6-2, 6-2. “I started like I didn’t have my cup of coffee or something, didn’t have my peeps around, so that was disappointing,” she said. “I got it together.” Sharapova, who spent nearly three hours on court in her opening match against Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues, rolled through six straight games to win the first set and broke Rezai two more times in the second to close out the win in one hour and 13 minutes.

No. 18 seed Nadia Petrova was the fourth Russian woman to win in third-round action Monday, ousting the last American standing, 18-year-old wild card Christina McHale, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and four minutes. Petrova will play China’s Peng Shuai for a place in the quarter-finals. The 36th-ranked Peng needed two hours to get past Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

14
Mar
11

#4 seed Soderling eliminated by Kholschreiber.

Robin Soderling became the highest seeded casualty at the Indian Wells Masters when he was upset 7-6(8) 6-4 by Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round. Fourth-seeded Soderling, the hottest player on the ATP Tour this year with three titles to his name, appeared to struggle with an ankle injury before being eliminated in a match lasting one hour 37 minutes. The Swede lost the opening set tiebreaker 10-8 and was then broken by Kohlschreiber in the decisive 10th game of the second set to suffer just his second loss in 21 matches this year. Kohlschreiber, seeded 32nd, has always proven a handful for the Swede, who has now lost four of their five career meetings.

The premature departure of Soderling followed the early exits by fifth seed Andy Murray of Britain, sixth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer and defending champion Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia in the second round on Saturday.




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