On the day after its longest day, the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at Indian Wells had the longest lull in the action Thursday.
Two women's stars, No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, and No. 7 Samantha Stosur, pulled out of separate quarterfinals and the day session at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was over in the main stadium by late afternoon. That included a fill-in doubles match.
Wednesday's day session ran so late on the Stadium Court that it pushed the eventual finish of the night matches to 1:50 a.m.
Azarenka defaulted because of a right ankle injury that she said she had been nursing for a while and hoped to be able to keep healthy enough to defend her title here. Stosur suffered an injury to her right calf in the final game of her match Tuesday, against Mona Barthel.