Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Indian Wells Results: Rafa and Djokovic Move On, Kleybanova Bounces Clijsters

Russian Alisa Kleybanova stunned the Indian Wells crowd on Monday when she took out 14th seeded Kim Clijsters in the 3rd round, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4). The Belgian came unravelled after leading 4-0 in the breaker, addressing her inability to close it out afterwards, saying, "I let it slip away. She played some really good points to get back into it. She kept me under pressure. I took my foot off the accelerator. That’s most definitely the wrong thing to do." In another upset, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez earned a straight set victory over 3rd seed Victoria Azarenka. Shahar Peer and Carla Suarez Navarro upended Flavia Pennetta and Agnes Szavay, respectively, after dropping the middle sets.

Novak Djokovic showed his second-to-none fighting spirit in his 3rd rounder with his 2009 Roland Garros conqueror Phillip Kohlschreiber, saving 3 match points in the 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3) win. Joining the Serb in the 4th round were Tomas Berdych, John Isner and Ivan Ljubicic, 3 big servers who advanced in 2 sets.

Jelena Jankovic was on the verge of losing before she put the pedal to the medal, recovering from a 1 set deficit to defeat Sara Errani in 3 hours, 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4. Sam Stosur dominated Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 6-3, while Vera Zvonareva turned her country's frowns upside down, having no trouble in a straight set win over Anastija Sevastova. 13th seeded Yanina Wickmayer, the last Belgian standing after Clijsters' and Henin's losses, dug deep to triumph in a 3 setter over Roberta Vinci, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Juan Monaco showed his endurance in outlasting Juan Carlos Ferrero, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3. Ferrero's fellow Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, gave his best match thus far, winning 2 and 2 against Mario Ancic. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, another Spaniard, came back from a 1 set deficit to oust Tomaz Bellucci.

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