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

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2015

Serena Williams serves to Sloane Stephens during their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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It is a testament to Serena Williams’ greatness that the biggest storyline during Tuesday’s action at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open was arguably the fact that she lost a set during her victory.

Williams dropped the first set against Sloane Stephens but was able to prevail with relatively straightforward second and third sets. It was one of several thrilling matches on both the men’s and women’s side of the bracket at Indian Wells, including Eugenie Bouchard's shock defeat to qualifier Lesia Tsurenko.

The men were still in the third round, while the women were in the fourth. 

With that in mind, here is a look at the scores and more from Tuesday’s slate at the BNP Paribas Open.

Scores and Schedule Information

2015 BNP Paribas Open: Tuesday Scores
Men's SinglesMilos RaonicAlexandr Dolgopolov 7-6, 6-4
Men's SinglesGilles SimonMichael Berrer6-2, 7-5
Men's SinglesRafael NadalDonald Young6-4, 6-2
Men's SinglesLukas RosolRobin Haase6-4, 6-7, 7-6
Men's SinglesTomas BerdychSteve Johnson6-4, 6-2
Men's SinglesJack SockRoberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Men's SinglesRoger FedererAndreas Seppi6-3, 6-4
Men's SinglesTommy RobredoGrigor Dimitrov6-4, 1-6, 7-5
Women's SinglesTimea BacsinszkyElina Svitolina4-6, 6-1, 6-1
Women's SinglesSerena WilliamsSloane Stephens6-7, 6-2, 6-2
Women's SinglesSimona HalepKarolina Pliskova6-4, 6-4
Women's SinglesCarla Suarez NavarroHeather Watson7-6, 3-6, 6-1
Women's SinglesFlavia Pennetta Maria Sharapova3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Women's SinglesJelena JankovicBelinda Bencic6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Women's SinglesSabine LisickiCaroline Garcia6-4, 6-4
Women's SinglesLesia TsurenkoEugenie Bouchard6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4

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.

*Late-night scores will be added after they become final.

Tuesday’s Marquee Results

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 17:  Serena Williams of USA in action against Sloane Stephens of USA during day nine of the BNP Paribas Open tennis at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 17, 2015 in Indian Wells, California.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Im
Julian Finney/Getty Images

As mentioned, the buzz in Indian Wells Tuesday surrounded Williams’ somewhat tougher-than-expected match with Stephens on the women’s side of the bracket. After all, Williams is the dominant force in the game, and this is her first appearance in Indian Wells since 2001.

Part of Williams' problem was that she committed an uncharacteristic 52 unforced errors and tallied nine double faults. She played in blistering heat, which may have been an issue, but she ultimately prevailed with an impressive finish, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Williams commented on her match, according to Beth Harris of The Associated Press (via Yahoo Sports): ''I'm just trying to find my bearings. Little off this week, but like I said, I'm just happy to be here. The crowd has been really great. It's been really relaxing here. I just feel I don't want to leave.'' 

Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times pointed out that Williams closed Stephens out in impressive style with a ridiculous serve on the point before match point:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

After setting up match pt with 128 mph ace, Serena Williams closes out Sloane Stephens 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2. Subdued celebration, but a big win.

Good luck stopping a serve like that.

Thanks to that overpowering serve, Williams finished with 14 aces as compared to Stephens’ one, but it was Williams’ mark on first-service points that made the ultimate difference. She won 80 percent of her first-service points and controlled the last two sets.

While Williams did avoid the upset, Maria Sharapova did not.

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Sharapova committed a crippling 11 double faults in her 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Flavia Pennetta and never really looked like herself on the court. She also only converted on one of her five break-point opportunities and missed her chances to take control of the match in the early going in the second set.

Alas, Pennetta rallied and won those final two sets in impressive fashion.

Sharapova wasn't the only big name to stumble, however. Bouchard fell short against Ukrainian hopeful Tsurenko, who scraped beyond the Canadian favourite, per SI Tennis:

SI Tennis @SI_Tennis

Incredible effort from Lesia Tsurenko to beat Eugenie Bouchard 67 75 64. Tsurenko, ranked No. 85, had to play through qualies. #BNPPO15

Bouchard struggled to establish momentum, winning just 53 percent of her first service points. She was unable to gain control of the vital points, with Tsurenko managing to save six of 13 break opportunities to keep herself in contention.

Tsurenko remained assured throughout and continued to pressure Bouchard into playing big shots. She prevailed in one of her most impressive career wins, and moves onto the next round in confident fashion, where she will now face Jelena Jankovic.

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

On the men’s side, Roger Federer had little trouble with Andreas Seppi and won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

He finished with six aces, won 75 percent of his first-service points and generally looked like his ageless self on the court.

Rafael Nadal also cruised to an easy straight-sets victory over Donald Young, 6-4, 6-2, in a showdown of southpaws.

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 17:  Rafael Nadal of Spain in action in his match against Donald Young of USA during day nine of the BNP Paribas Open tennis at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 17, 2015 in Indian Wells, California.  (Photo by Julian Finney
Julian Finney/Getty Images

Unlike Williams, Nadal did not control his match with his serve and only finished with one ace. He also only won 60 percent of his first-service points and 50 percent of his second-service points.

Still, the BNP Paribas Open noted that it was business as usual for the three-time champion:


He's a 3-time champ, and he's thru the 3rd round here. @RafaelNadal def. Young 64 62 http://t.co/rLWapYkVe2 #BNPPO15 http://t.co/fcAymo2snj

The difference for Nadal in this match against Young was his ability in the return game. Nadal actually won an impressive 75 percent of his available break points and simply outmaneuvered Young in the second set to win it 6-2 going away.

While the break points were critical during Tuesday’s match, they are also encouraging moving forward.

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 17:  Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Donald Young of USA during day nine of the BNP Paribas Open tennis at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 17, 2015 in Indian Wells, California.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Ima
Julian Finney/Getty Images

Nadal has won plenty of matches on the back of his typically impressive serve throughout his career, but he demonstrated some versatility Tuesday that could carry over into the later rounds. While there is certainly some merit in controlling matches with the serve, it is very difficult to knock off some of the greatest names in the game like Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer without taking advantage of break-point opportunities.

Nadal not only took advantage of those opportunities, but he also dominated them and won the match. If he can continue to do that moving forward, deep into the tournament, he may be able to add yet another Indian Wells title to his illustrious resume.


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