The temperatures weren't the only thing heating up on Saturday in Indian Wells, Calif., at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open.
The women's singles draw really kicked into gear on Friday with the beginning of the second round, and it only took a few hours for the first major scalp to be claimed. No. 3 Victoria Azarenka was upset in straight sets by Lauren Davis.
Second-round play continued into Saturday, joined by the men's singles draw as well. With the top men's players in the world entering the fray, the chances of seeing a couple of major upsets increased, adding a lot more excitement to the tournament.
Here's a look at the scores from Saturday and two of the bigger developments from the rounds.
|Women's Singles 2nd Round||Score|
|Alisa Kleybanova def. (32) Garbine Muguruza||6-3, 6-2|
|(11) Ana Ivanovic def. Elina Svitolina||4-6, 7-5, 7-6(1)|
|(16) Samantha Stosur def. Francesca Schiavone||6-2, 6-3|
|Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor def. (5) Angelique Kerber||2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4|
|Camila Giorgi def. (25) Sorana Cirstea||7-6(3), 6-3|
|(4) Maria Sharapova def. Julia Goerges||6-1, 6-4|
|(23) Ekaterina Makarova def. Monica Niculescu||5-7, 7-6(3), 6-3|
|(12) Dominika Cibulkova def. Donna Vekic||6-3, 6-2|
|(8) Petra Kvitova def. Coco Vandeweghe||6-1, 6-3|
|(27) Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova||6-3, 6-3|
|Karolina Pliskova def. (28) Klara Zakopalova||7-5, 6-2|
|(1) Li Na def. Jie Zheng||6-1, 7-5|
|Aleksandra Wozniak def. (15) Sabine Lisicki||7-5, 1-6, 7-6(5)|
|(21) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Caroline Garcia||6-4, 7-5|
|(20) Flavia Pennetta def. Taylor Townsend||6-3. 7-6(5), 6-4|
|(17) Sloane Stephens def. Ajla Tomljanovic||6-4, 6-0|
|Men's Singles 2nd Round|
|(7) Roger Federer def. Paul-Henri Mathieu||6-2, 7-6(5)|
|(5) Andy Murray def. Lukas Rosol||4-6, 6-3, 6-2|
|(11) Tommy Haas def. Jeremy Chardy||6-3, 6-4|
|(19) Kei Nishikori def. Santiago Giraldo||6-1, 6-3|
|(3) Stanislas Wawrinka def. Ivo Karlovic||6-3, 7-5|
|(17) Kevin Anderson def. Lleyton Hewitt||7-6(5), 6-4|
|Alejandro Falla def. (18) Jerzy Janowicz||6-3, 2-6, 7-6(5)|
|(10) Milos Raonic def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin||7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(2)|
|(13) Fabio Fognini def. Ryan Harrison||5-7, 6-1, 6-4|
|(29) Andreas Seppi def. Sam Querrey||4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3|
|(14) Evgeny Donskoy def. Michael Russell||6-4, 6-3|
|(28) Alexandr Dolgopolov def. Tim Smyczek||7-6(3), 6-4|
|(27) Dmitry Tursunov def. Juan Monaco||7-6(4), 6-4|
|Jiri Vesely def. (32) Pablo Andujar||6-1, 2-6, 6-1|
|(23) Gael Monfils def. Sergiy Stakhovsky||6-2, 6-4|
|No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. Radek Stepanek||2-6, 6-4, 7-5|
Business as Usual
Aside from a few upsets here and there, Saturday's action went according to plan. It was rather anticlimactic, unfortunately. Across both draws, only seven seeded players were knocked out, and most of them were down in the 15-30 range, so these weren't earth-shattering results.
Top-seeded Li Na, No. 4 Mara Sharapova and No. 8 Petra Kvitova are all through on the women's side, while No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka, No. 5 Andy Murray and No. 7 Roger Federer advanced on the men's side.
Of those seven players, five prevailed in straight sets. Only Murray and Nadal were pushed to three. With Murray, though, it was pretty clear after the second set that he would cruise over Lukas Rosol in the third, and so he did.
It's progress for Murray, as he lost his opening match at Indian Wells in both 2011 and 2012, per Ben Rotherberg of the New York Times:
Now Lukas Rosol breaks Murray to open the second set. Worth remembering that Andy lost his first match here in both 2011 and 2012. #BNPPO14— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 8, 2014
Nadal very nearly became the first No. 1 seed to go down. Radek Stepanek pushed Nadal to the limit.
The Spaniard's second serve was nowhere to be seen all match. According to ATPTour.com, he won 39 percent of his second-service points, while also racking up eight double faults. This is the most of his career, including five-set matches, per Josh Meiseles of ATPWorldTour.com:
Actually, that was the most double faults Nadal has hit in ANY match in his career, best of 5 included. Hit 7 vs. Dimitrov in AO this year.— Josh Meiseles (@jmeistennis) March 9, 2014
It may sound cliched, but the best players in the world are the ones who prevail despite being off their best. That's exactly what Nadal did.
Not a Good Day to Be a German
Angelique Kerber, Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki. They're all German women, and they all lost on Saturday. All three losses came within an hour of one another, per Sports Illustrated's Beyond the Baseline:
A very bad hour for the Germans. Goerges, Lisicki, and now Kerber out, loses to Torro-Flor. Shocker. #bnppo14— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) March 9, 2014
The defeat for Goerges wasn't all that surprising. She was facing off against fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova, so a straight-set loss was expected.
Sharapova did her best to play up Goerges' ability after the match, per WTATennis.com:
She's also a tricky opponent, and she's capable of playing good tennis. She hasn't been as consistent with her results as she probably would have liked to be recently, but she's had her results and she's beaten top players before, so it's never easy facing her in your first match.
Few would have seen the upsets to Kerber and Lisicki coming. Well, maybe not so much for Lisicki. The biggest knocks on the 24-year-old are that she's inconsistent and prone to throwing away a healthy lead.
She was both of those things in her three-set loss to Aleksandra Wozniak.
Lisicki should have had the match wrapped up in the third-set tiebreak, but she choked in a big way:
Sabine Lisicki collapses from up 4-0 and 5-2 in third set tiebreak, loses to 241st-ranked Aleksandra Wozniak 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(5). #BNPPO14— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 9, 2014
Kerber was the second top-five player upset in as many days, the other being No. 3 Victoria Azarenka, per Douglas Robson of USA Today:
Spain’s Torro-Flor pulls another women’s upset in last 24 hours (Azarenka), beating No. 5 seed Kerber 26 76 64. #BNPPO14— Douglas Robson (@dougrobson) March 9, 2014
This is the second tournament in a row in which the 26-year-old German has lost her opening match. She was beaten by Ana Ivanovic in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
She'll want to start performing much better ahead of the French Open. Her best finish at Roland Garros is a quarterfinal appearance in 2012, but right now, she'll be lucky to advance past the third or fourth round.
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