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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Paris | Paire and Herbert – French Impressionism

The delightful all local bout between Benoit Paire and Pierre Hugues Herbert gave us a little romanticism on Suzanne Lenglen. The giant from Avignon, nicknamed the Stalk, and the rather effete and demure Herbert put on an unexpected feast for a very involved audience.

Herbert has a service action like a Zulu war dance, borrowed from sixties idol Roy Emerson. So high is the toss you wonder if he can ever reach the ball. Paire invokes a countenance of menace behind the beard, and a bad line call against him would make any umpire nervous!

The Stalk was coasting then Herbert changed the tempo with a forever final set going to Paire. The final embrace over the net went on for several minutes and the censor might have been needed until a tearful Herbert finally limped off.

I am most impressed by court procedures here. Line sweeping, regular court hose soaking and re distributing clay are not problems being coped with at any other Grand Slam.

We fondly worship Wimbledon finesse, but it is also good here. The ball kids and officials belt round the surface like terrified rabbits but truly match anything in SW19.

The master coup this year is the Simonne Mathieu court and its surrounding gardens. The site was always very claustrophobic and cramped, (and still is) but this green oasis, which has added a large park to the complex makes the Garros experience a lot more pleasant.

The major problem remains however in the short main avenue between Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen. Only a hundred metres between them but a log jam for most of the day.

All in all the Garros event is pretty impressive.




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