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.

Obituary: Budge Patty (1924-2021)

John Edward ‘Budge’ Patty, a 1977 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee who was ranked No 1 in the world in 1950, died on 3 October 2021 at the age of 97.
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Norrie keeps British interest alive

Cameron Norrie, who has made the third round at both the US Open last years and Australian Open in February, is set to possibly repeat those runs at Roland Garros following his opening win on Monday.

You always have doubts here and there and being the favourite, obviously wanting to maintain the level I have been playing in the other matches, especially in a slam. I was a little bit nervous before the match Cameron Norrie

Having seen Dan Evans exit on Sunday, Norrie is now the only Briton left in the men’s and women’s draws as Jo Konta and Heather Watson both failed in their opening rounds of the women’s event as well.

For Norrie the win continues his excellent form on clay this season as he secured his 7-5 7-6(5) 6-2 victory over American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo.

“I guess I’m going to have to lead the nation and just go out and play my tennis. I’m not really worrying about how the others are doing too much. I know we’ve got a lot of Brits in the doubles, so that’s exciting,” Norrie commented after his win.

Norrie could meet the 13-time champion Rafa Nadal in the third round and expectations are high as he has reached ATP Tour Finals in Estoril and Lyon and scored a win over Dominic Thiem.

He faces next Lloyd Harris of South Africa, who upset the 26th seed Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 7-5 6-4 6-4.

Fratangelo made Norrie work hard for the first set, in which the players exchanged early breaks of serve before Norrie seized the first of two set points.

The British No2, ranked 45 in world terms, then took control with a 4-1 lead in the second, but he was pegged back to 4-4 by a stubborn opponent before prevailing in a topsy-turvy tie-break.

The American refused to go quietly, breaking back at the start of the third and saving three match points before Norrie wrapped up victory with an ace.

Reflecting on that opening match, Norrie said: “On the big points, I came up with some good stuff and I think that stems from the matches I’ve played earlier in the clay season, taking a lot of confidence from that, but on average I don’t think I played well at all, especially on my serve and my forehand. I was a little bit tentative at times.

“You always have doubts here and there and being the favourite, obviously wanting to maintain the level I have been playing in the other matches, especially in a slam. I was a little bit nervous before the match.

“I think my worst level has risen a lot. In previous years, I wouldn’t have come through as easily today. I was happy with how I competed today more than anything else.”

It was Norrie’s 24th win of the season and he is currently third on the number of matches won this year behind Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.