Indian Wells Tennis 2015 Results: Scores, Bracket and Schedule After Thursday

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2015

Serena Williams of the U.S. poses with her Australian Open trophy the day after defeating Russia's Maria Sharapova in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Rob Griffith

The field at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells reads like a major tournament.

Household names like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Serena Williams will all eventually lace it up in this tournament, but Thursday’s first round came before the real action. With that in mind, here is a look at the scores and more from the first round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Scores and Schedule Information

2015 BNP Paribas Open
Men's SinglesAlbert Ramos-Vinolas over Viktor Troicki6-4, 6-4
Men's SinglesJurgen Melzer over Dennis Novikov6-4, 6-4
Men's SinglesFederico Delbonis over Dusan Lajovic6-4, 6-3
Men's SinglesJuan Monaco over Teymuraz Gabashvili6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Men's SinglesThanasi Kokkinakis over Jan-Lennard Struff7-6, 6-3
Men's SinglesIvan Dodig over Joao Sousa6-3, 7-5
Men's SinglesVasek Pospisil over Mikhail Kukushkin6-4, retirement
Men's SinglesTim Smyczek over Benjamin Becker6-3, 7-6
Men's SinglesAdrian Mannarino over Mischa Zverev6-4, 6-4
Men's SinglesDaniel Gimeno-Traver over Sam Groth7-6, 7-6
Men's SinglesEdouard Roger-Vasselin over Marinko Matosevic7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Men's SinglesJarkko Nieminen over Thiemo De Bakker7-6, 6-4
Men's SinglesJames Duckworth over Dominic Thiem7-6, 6-1
Men's SinglesRyan Harrison over Mardy Fish6-4, 4-6, 7-6
Women's SinglesLucie Hradecka over Jana Cepelova6-3, 6-1
Women's SinglesSesil Karatantcheva over Tsvetana Pironkova7-5, 6-1
Women's SinglesLesia Tsurenko over Annika Beck6-1, 6-3
Women's SinglesChristina McHale over Petra Cetkovska6-4, 7-5
Women's SinglesKlara Koukalova over Daniela Hantuchova6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Women's SinglesLauren Davis over Anna Schmiedlova6-2, 6-2
Women's SinglesBojana Jovanovski over Kiki Bertens6-3, 6-4
Women's SinglesOns Jabeur over Kaia Kanepi7-5, 6-2
Women's SinglesYulia Putintseva over Tereza Smitkova6-4, 6-4
Women's SinglesPolona Hercog over Vera Zvonareva6-1, 6-1
Women's SinglesRoberta Vinci over Jarmila Gajdosova4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Women's SinglesLin Zhu over Francesca Schiavone0-6, 6-3, 6-3
Women's SinglesMadison Brengle over Saisai Zheng6-3, 6-0
Women's SinglesKirsten Flipkens over Shelby Rogers6-2, 6-4
Women's SinglesYanina Wickmayer over Karin Knapp6-1, 7-5
Source: BNPParibasOpen.com

An updated bracket can be found here courtesy of the event’s official website. A full schedule for both the men’s and women’s singles can be found here, also courtesy of the event’s official website.

Friday Match to Watch: Serena Williams vs. Monica Niculescu

Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press

It is a marquee event anytime Serena Williams takes the tennis court, whether it is the final at Wimbledon or the first round at the BNP Paribas Open. However, there is an extra layer of intrigue surrounding Friday’s match against Monica Niculescu.

Beth Harris of The Associated Press (h/t Yahoo Sports) pointed out why that is the case:

“Serena Williams returned to the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday, ending a 14-year personal boycott of the $5 million tournament that began when she was booed as a teenager on her way to winning the title in 2001.”

Williams was booed at her first-ever Paribas Open in the finals against Kim Clijsters after her sister Venus withdrew from the match hours before the final started. At the time, Williams said she would never return to the tournament, and she will break her 14-year absence on Friday.

Williams discussed her return to Indian Wells, via Harris: "I was a little nervous to come out here. In the beginning, I was like, 'What was I thinking?' I kind of had to overcome that hurdle."

Former tennis great Billie Jean King certainly seemed pleased with Williams' decision:

Billie Jean King @BillieJeanKing

.@serenawilliams was right on target in her comments today. Forgiveness is powerful and I am thrilled she is back at Indian Wells

While the main storyline will be Williams’ return to this venue, she also has to shake off some rust before the WTA schedule really heats up. She won the Australian Open in January but has only played in one Fed Cup match since. This will be her first WTA Tour event since January.

Rust may be the only chance for the rest of the field because she steamrolled her way through the competition in Australia. She knocked off Maria Sharapova in straight sets in the finals, 6-3, 7-6 (5), and only lost two sets in the entire tournament. She looked like the dominant champion she has been throughout her career, and a repeat performance would be trouble for her competitors in Indian Wells.

Shuji Kajiyama/Associated Press

Interestingly, Williams has never faced Niculescu. Niculescu beat Aleksandra Krunic in straight sets to get to the Williams match and won 70 percent of her first-service points. The only chance she has against Williams is to control the match with her serves, which is much easier said than done against the world’s best.

There is also something to be said for catching Williams off guard since they have never played before. What’s more, Williams will likely have more than tennis on her mind given the circumstances around this match.

Still, Williams is the top-ranked player for a reason. She has 19 Grand Slam single titles on her resume and is the No. 1 player in the world. It may take her a couple of games in the first set to settle into a groove, but talent will eventually prevail.

Prediction: Williams in straight sets.


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