Posts Tagged ‘Indian Wells

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.”

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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.

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.

14
Mar
11

“Today we beat the No.1 players in the world, which we didn’t really expect, so that’s quite exciting.”

Top seeds and co-world No.1s Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta were beaten in straight sets by wildcards Jelena Jankovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 75 75. “Anastasia asked me to play when we were in Monterrey,” explained Jankovic, who was defeated by the 19-year-old Russian in the singles final there last week. “I don’t play doubles so often, and I thought it would be a lot of fun if I played. It’s good practice for my volleys and my serve. I’ve got to learn, you know, to play doubles better.

“Today we beat the No.1 players in the world, which we didn’t really expect, so that’s quite exciting,” she added. Jankovic and Pavlyuchenkova were particularly strong on serve, collectively making 80% of their first deliveries, and avoiding a single double fault. Even so, they managed to save just one of five break points faced; the critical difference was that the Serbian-Russian team created more break opportunities than their opponents, converting six of 12 chances.

14
Mar
11

Raonic upsets Fish to stay on track to meet Federer.

Canadian Milos Raonic, the breakout star from the first two months of the 2011 season, took advantage of his opportunities to knock out 2008 finalist and World No. 15 Mardy Fish 7-5, 6-4. He fought off eight break points, including three in the final game, and capitalized on all three of his chances. The 20 year old, who received treatment for a back muscle spasm during the match, said: “I’m hungry for the wins. I want to win as much as possible. I want to reach new limits. I want to keep improving. By winning today, especially here with a day in between, it’s a good thing. I have a chance to recover fully and sort of treat and now come back in two days sort of hoping to play better, hoping to serve better, and hoping to feel better.”

Novak Djokovic extended his unbeaten run to 15 straight matches after opening his BNP Paribas Open title bid with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Kazakhstani Andrey Golubev on Sunday evening in Indian Wells. The third-ranked player on the ATP World Tour raced through the opening set in a mere 21 minutes, limiting his opponent to six points total. He was broken in the first game of the second set, but got back on serve at 3-all and broke Golubev for a fifth time to claim the win in 59 minutes. “It was great start of the tournament, “ he said. “With those first matches you don’t know what to expect… I really tested myself today, because I had Golubev, who is coming up from big Davis Cup wins, and he’s a very good player. He showed that in the second set. He started hitting the ball from the baseline really hard. But I was in the control most of the match. I am really happy with the way I was playing. I want to keep on moving.”

Djokovic won the Indian Wells title in 2008 (d. Fish) and was a runner-up in ’07 (l. to Nadal). He fell in the fourth round last year to eventual champion Ivan Ljubicic. He next faces 31st-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis, who saved one match point down 6-7 in the second set tie-break to defeat Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu 6-7(1), 7-6(7), 6-1.




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