BNP Paribas Open, 2018

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Youth Triumphs at Indian Wells

By DownTheTee | March 18, 2018

By Jane Voigt March 18, 2018 — Naomi Osaka won her maiden title today, defeating Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 in the women’s singles final of the BNP Paribas Open. The match was a battle of 20-year-olds on the biggest stage outside of a Grand Slam. But Osaka’s breakthrough into the upper echelon of women’s tennis isn’t really…

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Roger Federer Pulls Yet Another Rabbit Out of His Hat

By DownTheTee | March 17, 2018

By Jane Voigt March 17, 2018 — The desert winds picked up as the match wore on. They seemed to pull Roger Federer, drawing him toward deeper belief and greater risk. He needed the inspiration because Borna Coric was on his way to the biggest win of his life, of the tournament and of the season.  “I needed…

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Borna Coric Advances to First Masters 1000 Semifinal. Will Meet Roger Federer.

By DownTheTee | March 16, 2018

By Jane Voigt March 16, 2018 — At the end of last year Borna Coric admitted he was disappointed in his career. Great expectations were laid on his shoulders as a teenager and had become a burden. However, the 21-year-old Croatian has brushed them aside so thoroughly that he’ll face Roger Federer in one semifinal at…

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Kasatkina Demolishes Kerber. Earns Berth in Semifinal.

By DownTheTee | March 15, 2018

By Jane Voigt March 15, 2018 — Who’s the boss? Daria Kasatkina’s the boss.  The young Russian demolished two-time Grand Slam Champion and tenth seed Angelique Kerber in a lopsided quarterfinal 6-0, 6-2 in less than an hour. It was Kasatkina’s fifth win over a top ten player this year and a career ninth win over…

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Daria Kasatkina Continues to Impress

By DownTheTee | March 14, 2018

By Jane Voigt March 14, 2018 — Daria Kasatkina flew under the tennis radar until she won The Volvo Car Open last year on Daniel Island, S.C. She defeated, in what many said was an upset, the soon-to-be French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-1. The title was Daria’s first and it remains the only one…

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Federer Eases Into Fourth Round at Indian Wells

By DownTheTee | March 12, 2018

By Jane Voigt March 12, 2018 — Tennis Channel commentator Jim Courier made a rather bold statement yesterday. He said Filip Krajinovic would give Roger Federer his toughest match yet at the BNP Paribas Open. Not quite.  “It was a good match from me,” Federer said, as reported by ubitennis.com. “But I expected a much tougher [match] clearly.…

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Teen Anisimova Upsets Kvitova in Indian Wells

By DownTheTee | March 11, 2018

By Jane Voigt March 11, 2018 — Amanda Anisimova arrived on the big stage this afternoon, taking a well-deserved bow of relief after realizing she’d won the biggest match of her young career against two-time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova today.  “It feels so crazy. I’m shaking right now,” she said, immediately following her win, 6-2, 6-4. “This…

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Madison Keys Out. Loses to NCAA Graduate from University of Virginia

By DownTheTee | March 10, 2018

By Jane Voigt March 10, 2018 — Danielle Collins had never won a main draw match until yesterday. Now she’s won two, the second earned when she upset Madison Keys (No. 15) today at the BNP Paribas Open, 6-3, 7-6(1).  “Just an amazing effort from Collins,” Paul Annacone said, calling the second-round match for Tennis Channel.…

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Pulse of Tennis Beats in the Coachella Valley

By DownTheTee | March 9, 2018

By Jane Voigt March 9, 2018 — The BNP Paribas Open has become, without many views to the contrary, the nexus of tennis. It doesn’t step on the Grand Slams because it doesn’t rise to that level of respect. However, “Indian Wells,” its laid-back name, brings together fans, players and sports in their view of the…

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Has Sharapova’s Time Been Well Served?

By DownTheTee | March 10, 2017

By Jane Voigt March 10, 2017 — Maria Sharapova draws attention from the tennis world and beyond. She is a 5-time Grand Slam champion, has been the highest paid woman athlete in the world (according to Forbes) and, to her detriment, was found guilty of doping almost 15 months ago by the International Tennis Federation. Her announcement…