BNP Paribas Open, 2014

Federer Wins First Semifinal

By DownTheTee | March 15, 2014

By Jane Voigt Quite clearly Roger Federer is confident about his game. He used every nuance of his subtle repertoire plus elemental tennis necessities to school Alexandr Dolgopolov on what it takes to win a semifinal at a Masters 1000 tournament.  Federer won 74% of points on his first serve and 83% of points on…

Li Na Into Semis at Indian Wells

By DownTheTee | March 13, 2014

By Jane Voigt “It wasn’t the prettiest match in the world,” Tracy Austin stated flatly, in her normal match calling voice. It was appropriate in this case, though. Li Na had defeated Dominika Cibulkova in the first quarterfinal of the day. But the match was anything but exceptional. Fraught with unforced errors, missed opportunities on…

The Drama Dream Team

By DownTheTee | March 12, 2014

By Jane Voigt Ever think that a tennis court was a stage, like for actors.  This week on tour players have taken to the stages at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which is a mere two-hour road trip from Hollywood. Less than stellar performances have exited left and right, as the draws narrow. The ones…

Exclusive Plexipave for Indian Wells

By DownTheTee | March 10, 2014

By Jane Voigt They’re too slow. They’re too fast. They’re just about right … medium speed. Sounds like the Three Bears tasting porridge.  But pros don’t eat tennis courts; they play on them. And the surface for the 34 courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was exclusively brewed for them by California Sports Surfaces…

Patterns That Go Against The Grain

By DownTheTee | March 9, 2014

By Jane Voigt Tomas Berdych and Lucie Safarova used to be a couple. They dated for nine years and called it quits. It seemed a natural course since they were young teens when they first met at the elite academy courts of the Czech Republic, their home.  Lucie was loyal, as was Tomas, during their…

International Women’s Day Tennis

By DownTheTee | March 8, 2014

By Jane Voigt Today is International Women’s Day. Who knew it started way back in the early 1900s when women’s pay was non-existent and voting forbidden? Women’s pay remains problematic in many sectors, but not in tennis. Tennis is very good to women and for women.  Maria Sharapova makes more money than any other woman…

Indian Wells … The Desert Jewel of Tennis

By DownTheTee | March 7, 2014

By Jane Voigt Just how big a deal is The BNP Paribas Open? From a tennis-player’s perspective it ranks just below any Grand Slam. The men call Indian Wells, it’s familiar name, an ATP Masters 1000 event. The women on the WTA Tour call it a Premier Mandatory tournament. Players are registered automatically in their…

Indian Wells Preview. The Men, 2014

By DownTheTee | March 5, 2014

By Jane Voigt Let’s face it, the last time you really paid attention to a tennis tournament was in January for The Australian Open.  Well it’s time to wake your inner tennis child because after a smattering of tournaments in the Middle East and South America, the WTA and ATP tours return to the United…

He’s Still On Top

By DownTheTee | March 14, 2013

By Jane Voigt Roger Federer just won’t go away. Into his 6th semifinal of the season at Indian Wells, the father of two with another expected soon seems to have reached back in time and rejuvenated his spirited self of yesteryear.  And we did doubt him.  Month after month of mediocre results in 2013 sunk…

So Where Are the Good Matches?

By DownTheTee | March 11, 2013

By Jane Voigt Maybe our expectations are all screwy.  We’ve heard nothing but fabulous reviews about the Indian Wells Tennis Garden with all its updates, like a walkway of a couple hundred Date Palms that makes you feel as if you might have flown, without ever knowing, to a mysterious plaza in the United Arab…