March 11, 2012 |
Two of the top contenders for the men's singles title at the BNP Paribas Open advanced with ease in early play Sunday, on another day when this Indian Wells Tournament sold all the tickets it is allowed to by local parking authorities. That would be 32,000. The winners were Juan Martin del Potro, seeded ninth, and Rafael Nadal, seeded second. Del Potro, the Argentine who stunned Roger Federerin the 2009 U.S. Open final and then faded from the scene for a bit with injuries and slipped all the way to No. 90, beat Marinko Matosevic of Australia, 7-5, 6-2. Nadal, 10-time Grand Slam champion and two-time winner here, ousted Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, 6-1, 6-3. Were the seedings to hold to form, Del Potro would meet No. 3 Federer in the quarterfinals and that winner would face Nadal in a semifinal.
March 18, 2012 |
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus kept her hot hand going Sunday in thre women's final of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. On a cold and windy day, Azarenka beat second-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia, 6-2, 6-3. That brought Azarenka the first-ever $1 million winner's check for the women's side of this event. It also brought her year-to-date record to 23-0. She won the Australian open, beating Sharapova in that final, too, and now has won the title in five of the last six tournaments she has entered.
March 12, 2012 |
Russian veteran Nadia Petrova returned an important favor Monday in a day-session tennis match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. She beat Australia's Samanatha Stosur, the reigningU.S. Openchampion, 6-1, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), and avenged a gut-wrenching 3 hour 16 minute defeat in Flushing Meadows. That was the longest U.S. Open match since the introduction of the tiebreaker system. "After that loss in New York, it has been hard," Petrova said. "I was very pumped up today.
January 15, 2009 |
The prestigious Indian Wells tennis tournament, by attendance and image the fifth largest event of its sport in the world, has changed names. What had been the Pacific Life Open on Wednesday became the BNP Paribas Open. This year's event, set for March 9-22, has added the financial stability of one of the largest banks in the world, French-based BNP Paribas.
March 8, 2012 |
Irina Falconi, a 21-year-old from Atlanta, played her first-ever main draw match Thursday at the BNP Paribas Open after receiving a wild card invitation. With the help of an injury to her opponent, Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania, who retired in the second set with a knee problem, Falconi won 4-6, 5-2, ret., then entertained with a story she had also told on a blog she writes for the WTA Tour. Falconi, who was born in Ecuador and moved to the U.S. when she was 3, is staying at the nearby Hyatt Grand Champions resort and she made a rookie mistake.
March 19, 2009 |
As day wandered into late night and several thousand tennis balls were de-fuzzed in the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday, the Other Guys jockeyed for position in the men's singles draw. The Other Guys are those not named Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer. They are the aspiring, the glass-half-full men, all waiting for lightning to strike. They are great tennis players in their own right, but if this were the Academy Awards instead of a tennis tournament, they'd all be Best Supporting Actors.