The 2014 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden will continue with second-round women's action and first-round men's play on Friday as some notable names make their way onto center stage.
Tennis fans will have to wait until the weekend to catch the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Li Na and Maria Sharapova in action. Nonetheless, Friday's slate of matchups promise to entertain and surprise.
Past female champions Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki headline Friday's order of play, with Agnieszka Radwanska kicking things off on center court to begin the afternoon session against 21-year-old British challenger Heather Watson.
Heather Watson bt Belinda Bencic 7-5 6-4 @BNPPARIBASOPEN. Next up Agnieszka Radwanska. Watson: "I'm so pleased with the way I'm playing"— tennishead (@tennishead) March 6, 2014
With the men's top seeds enjoying one final day off before starting up on Saturday, star power will be hard to come by on the men's side. Still, with second-round berths on the line, there'll no shortage of intensity on Day 2.
Here we'll get you set for another big day at Indian Wells.
|Stadium 1||Heather Watson vs. (2) Agnieszka Radwanska||2 p.m.|
|Stadium 1||Bojana Jovanovski vs. (10) Caroline Wozniacki||8 p.m.|
|Stadium 1||Lauren Davis vs. (3) Victoria Azarenka||10 p.m.|
|Stadium 4||(6) Simona Halep vs. Kurumi Nara||6 p.m.|
|Stadium 4||(7) Jelena Jankovic vs. Yvonne Meusburger||8 p.m.|
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Day 2 Predictions
Azarenka, Radwanska Will Advance
The two biggest names in action on Friday will be second-seeded Radwanska and third-seeded Azarenka.
Radwanska will be a heavy favorite against British qualifier Watson at 2 p.m. ET on Stadium 1 while 2012 tournament champion Azarenka is projected to advance past American Lauren Davis in the night session at 10 p.m. ET on center court.
Although Azarenka hasn't played since the Australian Open in January and has battled a foot injury since, don't expect her to falter on Friday. Like Radwanska, the two-time Grand Slam champion will be well aware of the opportunity in front of her with world No. 1 Serena Williams out of the picture.
Victoria Azarenka sounds happy to even be able to play this week. Not pain free, and only able to practice the last week. #bnppo14— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) March 5, 2014
While Azarenka will have to shake off some rust, Radwanska should be strong from the outset as she's had several weeks to recover from her early exit in Dubai. But despite Watson's free fall in the world rankings over the past year, she's talented enough to give Radwanska some problems.
Upset Pick: Madison Keys Over No. 13 Roberta Vinci
If you're looking for a potential upset on Friday, look no further than the afternoon session on Stadium 2, where 13th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci will take on unseeded American teenager Madison Keys.
Keys, who turned 19 last month, was outright dominant in her first-round win over Tsvetana Pironkova, dropping just three games total en route to a comfortable straight-sets victory. Meanwhile, Vinci, who is currently ranked No. 14 in the world, has yet to win a match in 2014, entering Friday's showdown 0-6 on the season.
Next up for Madison Keys is Roberta Vinci, a player who hasn't won all year (nor has fellow Italian Francesca Schiavone). #BNPPO14— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 6, 2014
If Keys can remain consistent with her serve and continue to improve her mobility, she'll have an excellent shot to extend Vinci's losing streak and break through to the third round in Indian Wells this weekend.
With a win, the draw would open up for Keys, who would face either 19th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens or unseeded Casey Dellacqua in the third round. A win there would advance her to the Round of 16, where she would likely match up against Azarenka.
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