Monday, March 15, 2010

Indian Wells Results: Federer, Murray and Roddick Win; Sharapova Out

Zie Jheng made headlines in the women's draw at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday when she ousted Maria Sharapova in a tiring 3-setter, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Elena Dementieva also advanced, defeating Kristen Flipkens 6-4, 6-2. Nadia Petrova eliminated Zheng's compatriot Shuai Peng 6-1, 7-5 and Marion Bartoli reached the Round of 16 with a dominating victory over American Jill Craybas.

3-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer survived a scare from Victor Hanescu in his opening match at the first Masters 1000 event of 2010. Following the Swiss' 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1 win, he was honored with trophies for his awards as 2009 Player of the Year, Fans' Favorite Player of the Year, and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award. Imagine how the ceremony would have been had he lost. Joining Federer in the 3rd round were Robin Soderling, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marcos Baghdatis, all straight set victors. The 12th, 13th and 14th seeds were all upset, as Simon Greul, James Blake and Dudi Sela defeated Gael Monfils, David Ferrer and Radek Stepanek, respectively. American Michael Russell took out 32nd seeded Igor Andreev, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Caroline Wozniacki looked brilliant in an easy win over Maria Kirilenko, 6-3, 6-0. The Dane looked the best she's looked in a while in the victory. Agnieszka Radwanska, the tournament's 5th seed, surrendered just 1 game in advancing past Gisela Dulko. 19th seeded Aravane Rezai fought hard for her win over 15th seed Francesca Schiavone, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-4. Wildcard Alicia Molik was impressive in a 0 and 2 win over Elena Baltacha.

Andy Roddick, who is playing not far from home, got plenty of crowd support in his 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Rendy Lu. The other Andy, Murray, won by the same score over Italian Andreas Seppi to reach the 3rd round. Jurgen Melzer needed little time to beat David Nalbandian, while Spaniards Feliciano lopez and Albert Montanes both needed 3-set comeback wins to clinch their spots. Nicolas Almagro stood up to a tall task in his won against Ivo Karlovic, and Almagro's close friend, Tommy Robredo, joined his countryman in the next round.

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