Badosa battles past Azarenka to land Indian Wells title

Spain’s Paula Badosa thwarted Victoria Azarenka’s hopes of winning a third BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells on Sunday, edging a mighty final battle that last over 3 hours in the California desert heat to hoist the trophy herself.

Norrie is Indian Wells champion

Cameron Norrie withstood the heat of the southern Californian sun and the firepower of Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili to become the first Briton to lift the Indian Wells Masters trophy as he continues to march through his breakthrough season.

Hsieh & Mertens bag Indian Wells doubles title

Su-Wei Hsieh & Elise Mertens, the No 2 seeds at the BNP Paribas Open, won the title together after beating Veronika Kudermetova & Elena Rybakina, 7-6(1) 6-3, in Saturday’s final at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Norrie faces Basilashvili for Masters title

It has been a surprising ten days at Indian Wells for who would have predicted at the start, that Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili would be contesting the final of the BNP Paribas Masters this year?

Azarenka shoots for 3rd Indian Wells title against Badosa

Victoria Azarenka won Indian Wells in 2012 and 2016 and will be shooting for her hat-trick in the BNP Paribas Open trophy match on Sunday, when she will meet debutante finalist Paula Badosa, after both came through highly entertaining semi-final clashes against Jelena...

Two shock results as Tsitsipas and Zverev fall

In what must be the most surprising turnup ever in Masters tennis history, both the two hot favourites for the BNP Pribas Open title have been eliminated from the running in consecutive quarter-final matches

Doubles finalists decided at Indian Wells

The final of the BNP Paribas Open will see Hsieh Su-wei & Elise Mertens pitch their skills against Veronika Kudermetova & Elena Rybakina on Friday.

Badosa upsets Kerber to play Jabeur in Indian Wells semi-finals

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells title is up for grabs as the last 4 women were determined on Thursday, with the highest seed in contention, Angelique Kerber, upset by Paula Badosa, and Ons Jabeur warding off Anett Kontaveit.

Norrie and Dimitrov fill first two S/F places

In what were two very different quarter-final matches Cameron Norrie and Grigor Dimitrov emerged victors to face each other for a place in the Masters 1000 finals of the BNP Paribas Open being currently held out in the Californian desert heat at Indian Wells.

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French Open | Kvitova’s heartwarming return

The main focus of attention on the first Sunday of the French Open, the second grand slam of the season, was firmly fixed on the welcome return of the popular Czech player, Petra Kvitova and whether the current world No1 Angelique Kerber, could bring to a halt her recent poor run on clay courts.
I think it doesn’t really matter how I played, but I won Petra Kvitova

Kvitova was given the honour of opening proceedings on Court Philippe Chatrier and while the crowd was sparse, she received a warm welcome as she stepped on court to face the American Julia Boserup, ranked 85.
The Czech was making her first appearance on a match court since she suffered that horrific knife attack when arriving back in her apartment and discovering a burglary in progress. The injury she received to her racket hand required four hours of surgery and months of intensive physio to recover sufficiently to be able to use her hand.
Herd ecision to play at Roland Garros was a surprise but seeded 15, she produced some powerful ground strokes which belie her pre-match comment of lacking strength and power! The only area where that weakness was evident was in her serve which proved erratic with plenty of double faults.
However she was strong enough to deliver a 6-3 67-2 defeat over her American opponent requiring just 73-minutes to go through to round two where she faces another American Bethanie Mattek-Sands who defeated Evgeniya Rodina 7-5 6-2.
“I think it doesn’t really matter how I played, but I won,” Kvitova with tears welling in her eyes, commented after her emotional and successful return.

Angelique Kerber, the dejected World No1 and Top seed.

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That match was followed by Kerber taking on Ekaterina Makarova and as many pundits expected, the Russian proved too much for the German world No1.
As the top seed, Kerber suffered a shock defeat to become the first No1 seed to be unceremoniously dispatched in the history of the French Open! She lost 6-2 6-2 to a player ranked 40 but while a shocking result in terms of the draw, it wasn’t unexpected as she dropped her serve six times and made 25 unforced errors in a match that lasted 82-minutes.
“If you are losing, it’s always tough to [enjoy] the game,” Kerber said following what is another disappointing result for her. “I mean, I know in the last years I had always up and downs and right now, of course, I’m down.”
The two time grand slam champion added: “This year, I mean, the expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments and the Grand Slams. And the expectations are also, from me, really big, of course, because I know what I can do, what I did last year,” Kerber said. “But right now, I think that I have to find myself again.”
Makarova, when told she had made history by dispatching the top seed in the opening round for the first time, commented: “Well that’s unbelievable.”
With Serena Williams missing due to her pregnancy and Maria Sharapova denied an entry following her drug ban, the women’s draw is now possible more open than ever following the German’s early dismissal!
Other significant results include Venus Williams, making her 20th appearance at the French Open, securing a second round place with a 6-4 7-(3) victory over Q Wang of China and the current Olympic champion from Puerto Rico, Monica Puig, eliminating the 1015 US Open runner-up from Italy, Roberta Vinci 6-3 3-6 6-2.



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