Monday, March 15, 2010

Indian Wells: The First Look

by Savannah

The WTA Debacle
“I just felt like I couldn't really extend it all the way,” Sharapova said of the elbow, which also troubled her at the U.S. Open. “It was a little stuck. I'm not sure if it's the balls or maybe the air and the tension is a little bit tighter. But [the trainer] said that more than average have been complaining about arms, so I don't know.”

Maria Sharapova

“I play tennis for like 17 years, and I still cannot put this little ball in this huge court. It's frustrating,” she said. “I'm not the worst player in the world, so definitely I have expectation from myself to put a little bit more inside of the court.

"When you're a little bit nervous, tense, it's tough for you if you didn't have matches. I know I'll be back and I know I'll be fine. But it's just frustrating, because you see your chances passing by. I feel like I'm fighting against myself. This is what I don't like.”

Svetlana Kuznetsova

"It was a tough day today, I agree," said Henin. "I was never into a good rhythm and never really found my way to win. Even in the second set it was better, but still a lot of ups and downs.

"She was playing quite high balls, also, and I never really found a good timing. So I wasn't consistent enough. That's very simple. It's a bit of an off day and you have to deal with it," she said.

Justine Henin

“It's tough, because I really felt a lot more confident over the last few weeks, practicing with Heinz. We worked on a lot of things, and it was going really, really well.

“Today was a completely different kind of match…I also couldn't finish the point. So it was kind of frustrating. It was a fight out there. I’m disappointed I didn't find the answers. I had a lot of opportunities, I think.”

About 19-year-old Sevastova’s performance, Ana commented: “Obviously I give her a lot of credit. She has a slow style of play, she doesn’t give you any pace or rhythm and it’s very difficult to play against.

“To be honest, I was hoping for one or two more unforced errors [from her]. But she's definitely a player who won't beat herself. You just have to work really hard out there. I was prepared to stay out there until midnight and try to work out a way to win.”

Ana Ivanovic

I let them speak for themselves this time. I don't know what else to say about the WTA.


David Ferrer played a lot of tennis coming into the BNP Paribas Open/Indian Wells. Does that explain his 6-1, 6-4 loss to James Blake?

To be honest I was surprised that Nikolay Davydenko didn't withdraw prior to the start of play. Now there are reports that a MRI showed that his injured wrist is broken. Some say he'll miss the French Open. Others say he won't. Film at eleven.
Gael Monfils apologized to fans for his 6-1 2-6 3-6 loss to Simon Greul via Twitter. I saw the first set and figured that the match was a wrap for Gael. I was wrong.
David Nalbandian lost 6-4, 6-1to Jurgen Melzer. Maybe it was the sunlight?

I'd have to count Michael Russell's 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Igor Andreev as an upset.

If anyone says that they thought the team of Tomas Berdych and Philipp Kohlschreiber would defeat the Bryan twins in straight sets they're lying.

The day session ran long and with most fans and television viewers going back to work you would think they'd do everything to shorten the time between the end of the day session and the beginning of the night session.
You'd be wrong.

Play resumes today at 11a Pacific/2p Eastern
The TC coverage continues to be excellent.

1 comment:

Helen W said...

I've never been much of a Sharapova fan, as folks around here probably know. But I have to say I feel for her, and I have to give her her due for hanging in there, trying to play through her various injuries. Whatever else she is, she's no choker, and she gives her all on court.