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Indian Wells: Let the Upsets Continue

Posted by gauloises1 on March 13, 2011

Rounding up the overnight results, time to mention a few surprising and high-profile casualties. First up, sixth seed David Ferrer, who lost in straight sets to a resurgent Ivo Karlovic.

Ferru looked somewhat out of sorts, possibly still suffering the after-effects of his feats during the Golden Swing, but I thought Karlovic actually played really well; he came up with some shots that reminded me why, a year or so ago, we were all talking about this guy.

In addition to Murray, Ferrer and Ljubicic, the men’s draw also lost Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – who’s just looked a bit dreary lately – to Xavier Malisse, and Baghdatis and Monaco to two qualifiers having good days, Somdev Devvarman and Ryan Sweeting. Yes, the men’s draw is now officially less pretty.

The women’s second round was also rocked a little bit, most notably by American wildcard Christina McHale, who beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in a pair of tiebreak sets. I’m not a huge fan of what I’ve seen of McHale’s game, but you don’t beat Sveta in straights unless you’re doing something right.

A less surprising upset was seventh seed Li Na’s loss to Peng Shuai, who’s had a good season so far and has to my eyes strongly improved on how she was playing last year. But Wozniacki, Sharapova, Stosur, Azarenka and Radwanska all won, as did Flavia Pennetta, who dispatched a bravely battling Baltacha in three sets. Boo.

Men

Singles – Second Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [Q] R de Voest (RSA) 60 62
[4] R Soderling (SWE) d M Berrer (GER) 63 76(4)
[Q] D Young (USA) d [5] A Murray (GBR) 76(4) 63
I Karlovic (CRO) d [6] D Ferrer (ESP) 76(3) 63
[9] F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] R Berankis (LTU) 75 20 ret. (back)
[11] N Almagro (ESP) d [Q] M Russell (USA) 64 64
J Del Potro (ARG) d [14] I Ljubicic (CRO) 57 64 62
X Malisse (BEL) d [15] J Tsonga (FRA) 76(6) 75
[Q] S Devvarman (IND) d [19] M Baghdatis (CYP) 75 60
[20] A Dolgopolov (UKR) d V Hanescu (ROU) 64 64
[21] S Querrey (USA) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 64 64
[23] A Montanes (ESP) d J Nieminen (FIN) 76(5) 26 76(2)
[25] T Robredo (ESP) d M Zverev (GER) 63 36 75
[Q] R Sweeting (USA) d [27] J Monaco (ARG) 61 06 61
[28] G Simon (FRA) d R Schuettler (GER) 63 76(5)
[32] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [Q] T Smyczek (USA) 26 62 76(6)

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d F Lopez (ESP) / M Raonic (CAN) 64 75
[7] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) 64 62
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO) 76(4) 64
M Cilic (CRO) / I Karlovic (CRO) d [WC] T Bellucci (BRA) / R Harrison (USA) 64 36 10-8

Women

Singles – Second Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (WC) Sloane Stephens (USA) 63 62
(4) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (Q) Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) 62 62
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (7) Li Na (CHN) 46 63 63
(8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 64 63
(9) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 76(5) 64
(WC) Christina McHale (USA) d. (11) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 76(4) 76(7)
(13) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Elena Baltacha (GBR) 64 36 64
(16) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 75 67(3) 61
(18) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 64 76(3)
(20) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (Q) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 76(5) 60
(22) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 63 75
(24) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 62 13 ret. (dizziness)
Dinara Safina (RUS) d. (26) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 76(2) 64
(Q) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (27) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 46 64 64
(28) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 75 60
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. (31) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 63 57 62

Doubles – Second Round
(WC) Jankovic/Pavlyuchenkova (SRB/RUS) d. (1) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) 75 75
(4) King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) 67(4) 63 107
(8) Mattek-Sands/Shaughnessy (USA/USA) d. Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 64 63

OOP

Stadium 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Mello vs. Isner
2. ATP: Roddick vs. Blake
3. Sara Errani vs. Kim Clijsters (NB 14.30hrs)
4. ATP: Andreev vs. Federer
5. ATP: Golubev vs. Djokovic (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Vera Zvonareva (NB 20.30hrs)

Stadium 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Francesca Schiavone vs. Alizé Cornet
2. ATP: Davydenko vs. Wawrinka
3. ATP: Harrison vs. García-López
4. Jelena Jankovic vs. Julia Goerges (NB 16.30hrs)
5. ATP: Fish vs. Raonic
6. ATP: Cilic/Karlovic vs. M.López/Nadal

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Gasquet vs. Cuevas
2. Ana Ivanovic vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
3. ATP: Becker vs. Bellucci
4. ATP: Benneteau vs. Melzer
5. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Shahar Peer

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Marion Bartoli vs. Andrea Petkovic
2. ATP: Berdych vs. Kubot (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Chan/Zheng vs. Hantuchova/A.Radwanska
4. ATP: Murray/Murray vs. Isner/Querrey
5. ATP: Marrero/Verdasco vs. Erlich/Ram
6. ATP: Bhupathi/Paes vs. Aspelin/Knowle

Court 8 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Troicki vs. Tomic
2. ATP: Chela vs. Petzschner
3. Schiavone/Stosur vs. Azarenka/Kirilenko (after suitable rest)
4. Kaia Kanepi vs. Yanina Wickmayer
5. ATP: Lindstedt/Tecau vs. Knowles/Mertinak

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Giraldo vs. Llodra
2. ATP: Granollers/Robredo vs. Dlouhy/Hanley
3. Huber/Petrova vs. Kondratieva/Voracova
4. ATP: Cilic vs. Serra
5. ATP: Gulbis vs. Lu

2 Responses to “Indian Wells: Let the Upsets Continue”

  1. eric said

    Ferrer was not possibly still suffering the after-effects of his feats during the Golden Swing.

    He was possibly still suffering the after-effects of a pinched nerve in his neck, the reason why he was replaced by Verdasco in the first DC rubber against Malisse last week in Belgium.

    He had been frantically rehabbed till the very last moment that Friday (it affected not only his neck, but his serving arm as well), but it was all in vain and he had to sit out the whole DC tie.

    Apparently, he still hasn’t been rehabbed enough, so Karlovic profited.

  2. naughty T....urbane gentleman said

    too much Tom Foolery with that Andreev fellow no doubt.

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