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Federer impressed by Kyrgios

Mar 16 8:18pm Tennis Australia
Roger Federer, who will line up against Nick Kyrgios in the quarterfinals at Indian Wells on Friday, expressed…...
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Mladenovic into last four

Mar 16 8:00pm Tennishead
The No.28 seed powered back from a set and a break down to defeat the former world No.1 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2 to reach the first WTA Premier Mandatory semi-final of her career. Victory ensures Mladenovic will break into the world’s top 20 on Monday, having started the year ranked No.42. The Frenchwoman has beaten Venus Williams and Karolina Pliskova in recent weeks, as well as claiming the scalp of No.5 seed Simona Halep earlier this week. "It's been a lot of matches and, to be honest, it's like the longest kind of string of winning matches I had so far in my career," said Mladenovic, who won her maiden WTA title in St Petersburg and reached the final in Acapulco earlier this month.  "It feels great, but in the same time, every day I go out there on the court or in the gym practising, it's for moment like that. So I'm not getting too excited. I'm just super satisfied that I am on that kind of stages right now and trying to use my chances and the my opportunities I have." Standing between Mladenovic and a third final of the season is Russian Elena Vesnina, who beat Venus Williams 6-2 4-6 6-3.
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Davis Cup helps Kyrgios feel the love again

Mar 16 7:56pm Tennis Australia
Nick Kyrgios has told how playing Davis Cup in February helped re-ignite his passion for tennis.
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On Tennis: Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios Get Ready to Square Off

Mar 16 7:04pm NYT > Tennis
A face-off looms at the BNP Paribas Open between tennis’s elder statesman and its rising young rebel, but the two are not as different as it seems.
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Indian Wells: Kristina Mladenovic beats Caroline Wozniacki to reach semi-finals

Mar 16 5:25pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
France's Kristina Mladenovic beats Danish former champion Caroline Wozniacki to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals.
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Elite of College Tennis: The Canadians

Mar 16 4:23pm Universal Tennis
The 10 Hottest Canadian Men and Women on Campuses Now...
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Karolina Pliskova v Svetlana Kuznetsova: WTA Indian Wells, Semi-Final Preview for Friday

Mar 16 3:11pm Moo's Tennis Blog
An all top ten clash, the second of the tournament so far, will see Karolina Pliskova play Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semi-finals of the 2017 BNP Paribas Open on Friday night. Kuznetsova d. Pavlyuchenkova, 6-3 6-2 In barely over an hour, Kuznetsova produced another superb display to book her place in a first semi-final of 2017. Anastasia…...
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2017 Indian Wells photos

Mar 16 3:06pm The Grandstand
Photos from the 2017 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios, Caroline Wozniacki, and many more. [...] The post 2017 Indian Wells photos appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Indian Wells QF previews and predictions: Federer vs. Kyrgios, Nishikori vs. Sock

Mar 16 1:31pm The Grandstand
The loaded bottom quarter of the Indian Wells draw is close to being sorted out, and it will be won by either Roger Federer or Nick Kyrgios on Friday. Kei Nishikori and Jack Sock are also trying to snag a spot in the semifinals. [...] The post Indian Wells QF previews and predictions: Federer vs. Kyrgios, Nishikori vs. Sock appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Roger Federer: Winning Three Straight Against Rafa Makes Me Feel Really Good

Mar 16 11:03am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Roger Federer played his best 3 set match of 2017.
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Sharapova: Will the Russian's wildcard invites extend to Grand Slams?

Mar 16 4:52am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Maria Sharapova returns from her doping ban in six weeks time, but Russell Fuller looks at whether she will get invites to the French Open and Wimbledon...
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Wildcard rules could be reviewed as Sharapova prepares to return

Mar 16 3:55am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
The rules on wildcards handed to players who have been suspended could be reviewed in the wake of Maria Sharapova's return from a doping ban.
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De Waard into Canberra quarters

Mar 16 3:49am Tennis Australia
Doubles specialist Steven de Waard lands in Canberra ITF Futures quarterfinal after ousting top-seed conqueror Harry Bourchier.
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Wednesdays Set Points, WTA Indian Wells Day 8: Pliskova & Kuznetsova set up semi-final showdown

Mar 16 3:00am Moo's Tennis Blog
For the second straight day, Svetlana Kuznetsova opened up WTA proceedings on Stadium 1 with another accomplished display, overturning two recent straight set losses to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova with a straight sets win, 6-3 6-2.  This was a very similar match to her fourth rounder against Garcia – she played a great opener buoyed by some…...
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Federer Beats Down Nadal, Djokovic Falls To Kyrgios; Wawrinka vs. Thiem Thursday at Indian Wells

Mar 16 2:21am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
But most importantly, I won Australia. That was big for me. On the comeback, I look back at that and think that was one of the coolest things I ever experienced in my career. ...
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Indian Wells QF previews and predictions: Wawrinka vs. Thiem, Carreno Busta vs. Cuevas

Mar 16 1:33am The Grandstand
In one Indian Wells quarterfinal on Thursday, the two top-eight seeds--Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem--have advanced. The story is by no means the same on the other side of the draw's top half, where Pablo Carreno Busta and Pablo Cuevas are still alive. [...] The post Indian Wells QF previews and predictions: Wawrinka vs. Thiem, Carreno Busta vs. Cuevas appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Pliskova in Favorite Roll After QF Win at BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells

Mar 16 1:31am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
I think it was a very tough match, yesterday in press I said this was one of the toughest matches I could have, Muguruza said after losing in two tiebreaks. I'm not disappointed at all. ...
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Lets play two: Kyrgios again takes down second-ranked Djokovic

Mar 16 12:44am The Grandstand
For Novak Djokovic, there would be no revenge at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday afternoon. Two weeks after succumbing to Nick Kyrgios 7-6(9), 7-5 in Acapulco, Djokovic went down again at the hands of the 21-year-old Australian via a 6-4, 7-6(3) decision. [...] The post Let’s play two: Kyrgios again takes down second-ranked Djokovic appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Aussie results daily update, 16 March 2017

Mar 16 12:31am Tennis Australia
All the latest Aussie results from home and abroad.
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New Normal: Federer Tops Nadal and Djokovic Falls to Kyrgios

Mar 16 12:01am NYT > Tennis
Roger Federer followed up his Australian Open win over Rafael Nadal with a rout at the BNP Paribas Open, and Nick Kyrgios earned his second win in three weeks over Novak Djokovic.
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Federer flies past Nadal in lightning-quick Indian Wells fourth-rounder

Mar 15 11:54pm The Grandstand
Roger Federer emerged victorious over Rafael yet again, except this time he had things in cruise control from start to finish. The 18-time Grand Slam champion, who outlasted Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the Aussie Open final, thrashed the Spaniard 6-2, 6-3 in just one hour and eight minutes. [...] The post Federer flies past Nadal in lightning-quick Indian Wells fourth-rounder appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Tennis Australia addresses United Nations forum on gender equality

Mar 15 11:25pm Tennis Australia
Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley has addressed the 2017 Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Forum in New York.
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Federer powers past Nadal, Kyrgios beats Djokovic

Mar 15 9:33pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Roger Federer claims a third straight win over Rafael Nadal for the first time in his career in Indian Wells.
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Nick Kyrgios Upsets Novak Djokovic at BNP Paribas Open

Mar 15 9:07pm NYT > Tennis
Kyrgios earned his second victory in three weeks over Djokovic with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win in the fourth round.
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Kyrgios beats Djokovic again

Mar 15 8:17pm Tennis Australia
For the second time in two weeks, Nick Kyrgios has beaten world No.2 Novak Djokovic. He's through to…...
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Indian Wells: Nick Kyrgios beats Novak Djokovic for second time in a row

Mar 15 8:05pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Nick Kyrgios upsets world number two Novak Djokovic for the second time in a row to reach the last eight in Indian Wells.
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Kyrgios thwarts Djokovic again

Mar 15 8:00pm Tennishead
The Australian served 14 aces and did not face a single break point as he beat the world No.2 6-4 7-6(3) at the BNP Paribas Open. Djokovic, who lost to Kyrgios in Acapulco three weeks ago, saw his unbeaten run in the Californian desert come to an end as the 21-year-old proved that his previous win was no fluke, wrapping up an impressive victory in an hour and 52 minutes. “The run was amazing,” said Djokovic of his record run – his last defeat at the event came at the hands of Juan Martin Del Potro in the 2013 semi-finals. “I am very proud of it, obviously. It had to end at some stage. Unfortunately, it was today. “Nick, again, as he did in Acapulco a few weeks ago, he served so well. I just wasn't managing to get a lot of balls back on his serve, first and second, as well. That's what made a difference. He obviously comes out playing his style, very aggressive, and just going for every serve, whether it's first or second. It's obviously very hard to play like that.” World No.16 Kyrgios will now face Federer in the quarter-finals after the Swiss beat Rafael Nadal in a rematch of the Australian Open final in January, beating the Spaniard 6-2 6-3. It is the first time Federer has claimed three successive wins against Nadal in 36 meetings between the rivals. It was also the first time the pair had met before the quarter-finals since their first meeting at the Miami Open in 2004. “It's a nice feeling to win the last three, I can tell you that,” Federer said. "But most importantly, I won Australia. That was big for me. On the comeback, I look back at that and think that was one of the coolest things I ever experienced in my career.” He added: "For me, it was all about coming out and trying to play the way I did in Australia. I didn't think it was going to be that possible, to be quite honest, because the court is more jumpy here so it's hard to put the ball away. "So getting in the lead was crucial, and then staying on the offence and pressing was the goal for me. It was a really good performance by me, I thought." Kyrgios also has an unbeaten record against Federer, having won their only previous encounter in Madrid in 2015. The Australian is only the second player after Lleyton Hewitt to win his first match against Djokovic, Federe...
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Australia top group in Junior Davis Cup

Mar 15 7:59pm Tennis Australia
Australia finished top of their group in the Asia / Oceania Final Qualifier after beating Korea 2-1.
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Keys Comes Back With Confidence, and a Voice on Social Media

Mar 15 6:36pm NYT > Tennis
Madison Keys, who played through wrist pain before having surgery, reached the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open, and that’s fine with her.
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Caroline Wozniacki v Kristina Mladenovic: WTA Indian Wells, Quarter-Final Preview for Thursday

Mar 15 2:43pm Moo's Tennis Blog
The number 13 seed, Caroline Wozniacki will play the number 28 seed, Kristina Mladenovic on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals of the 2017 BNP Paribas Open. Both players have yet to drop a set this week in the desert. Mladenovic d. Davis, 6-3 6-3 Mladenovic was never once behind in a routine fourth…...
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Indian Wells R4 preview and prediction: Djokovic vs. Kyrgios

Mar 15 8:13am The Grandstand
Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios will be squaring off for the second time in their careers and for the second time this month when they battle for a place in the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals on Wednesday. Their only previous meeting just came in the Acapulco quarters, with Kyrgios pulling off a 7-6(9), 7-5 upset. [...] The post Indian Wells R4 preview and prediction: Djokovic vs. Kyrgios appeared first on The Grandstand.
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The Missing Ingredient for High-School Tennis

Mar 15 6:00am Universal Tennis
Teen athletes are leaking out of the sport. Here’s how to keep them around.
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Tuesdays Set Points, WTA Indian Wells Day 7: A trio of Russians into the quarter-finals

Mar 15 4:10am Moo's Tennis Blog
Svetlana Kuznetsova was the first player into the quarter-finals of the 2017 BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals with a routine victory over Caroline Garcia, 6-1 6-4, on a lifeless Stadium 1 court. Kuznetsova hadn’t played a match in over a month before Indian Wells but she’s shown few signs of rust so far in the desert,…...
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Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal to play Roger Federer in last 16

Mar 15 3:29am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal set up a fourth-round tie at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells - a re-run of this year's Australian Open final.
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Kerber Crashes Out Of Indian Wells To Vesnina; Muguruza v Pliskova In QF Wednesday

Mar 15 1:18am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
In women's quarterfinal play Wednesday, it's Muguruza-Pliskova and Pavlyuchenkova-Kuznetsova.
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Federer Sets Up Nadal Wed. At Indian Wells, Djokovic Denies Del Potro, Kyrgios Next

Mar 15 12:54am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
All eight men's fourth round matches are scheduled for Wednesday including Federer-Nadal and Djokovic-Kyrgios.
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Poll: Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal At Indian Wells Wednesday, Whos The Pick?

Mar 15 12:27am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet for the 36th time Wednesday at Indian Wells.
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Indian Wells R4 preview and prediction: Nadal vs. Federer

Mar 14 9:44pm The Grandstand
Even though this Masters 1000 has not yet even reached the quarterfinals, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will renew their illustrious rivalry on Wednesday evening in Indian Wells. A spot in the last eight will be at stake when the two all-time greats square off for the 36th time in their careers and for the second time this season. [...] The post Indian Wells R4 preview and prediction: Nadal vs. Federer appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Kyrgios dominates Zverev at Indian Wells

Mar 14 8:34pm Tennis Australia
Nick Kyrgios won his first meeting against Alexander Zverev in convincing fashion and will next face either Novak…...
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Desert milestone for Djokovic

Mar 14 8:00pm Tennishead
The five-time champion extended his unbeaten run in Indian Wells to 19 consecutive victories, beating Roger Federer’s previous record of 18. It was Del Potro who last inflicted defeat on Djokovic at the event, in the semi-finals in 2013.  But the world No.2 produced arguably his best tennis of the season so far to defeat the 2009 US Open champion 7-5 4-6 6-1 and equal Pete Sampras’ mark of 762 career victories – joint 10th in the Open era. “The third set was probably the best tennis I’ve played this year,” said Djokovic. “The rankings don’t do much justice for the quality of tennis that he produces, the player that he is. He’s a big match player and he knows how to play on a big occasion." Djokovic will now face Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round after the Australian beat teenager Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4.
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Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal beats Fernando Verdasco to reach last 16

Mar 14 7:47pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Rafael Nadal beats Fernando Verdasco to set up a potential last-16 match against Roger Federer at Indian Wells.
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Australia continue to shine in New Delhi

Mar 14 7:36pm Tennis Australia
Australia defeated Singapore 3-0 on the second day of the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia /…...
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Indian Wells R4 previews and predictions: Thiem vs. Monfils, Goffin vs. Cuevas

Mar 14 5:36pm The Grandstand
An intriguing fourth-rounder between Dominic Thiem and Gael Monfils will take place in Indian Wells on Wednesday. Former semifinalist David Goffin and No. 27 seed Pablo Cuevas are also aiming for a place in the quarters. [...] The post Indian Wells R4 previews and predictions: Thiem vs. Monfils, Goffin vs. Cuevas appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Nishioka stuns Berdych, to face Wawrinka in Indian Wells fourth round

Mar 14 12:17pm The Grandstand
An improbable comeback was staged at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday afternoon and it was engineered by perhaps the most unlikely of players. Yoshihito Nishioka, who needed a lucky-loser spot simply to get into the main draw, trailed Tomas Berdych 6-1, 5-2 before somehow recovering to pull off a 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 upset. [...] The post Nishioka stuns Berdych, to face Wawrinka in Indian Wells fourth round appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Djokovic v Del Potro, Nadal v Verdasco; Tuesday Indian Wells Picks And Pans

Mar 14 11:30am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Sean Randall previews a big day at Indian Wells.
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Novak Djokovic: Against Del Potro, Its A Very Even Match, Ive Got To Give It My All

Mar 14 10:39am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Novak Djokovic previews another meeting against Juan Martin del Potro.
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Roger Federer: Maria Sharapova Paid The Price For What She Did

Mar 14 10:21am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Roger Federer weighs in on the Maria Sharapova wildcard debate.
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Mondays Set Points, WTA Indian Wells Day 6: Mladenovic & Peng cause upsets, Kerber survives

Mar 14 2:48am Moo's Tennis Blog
In another scorching day in the desert, Angelique Kerber battled her way into the last 16, fending off a fierce charge from Pauline Parmentier to win, 7-5 3-6 7-5 in two hours and 35 minutes of gruelling tennis. Hats off to Parmentier who played a great match. Her inside-out forehand was at times, stunning, and…...
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Berdych Beat, Huge Line-Up Tuesday at ATP Indian Wells

Mar 14 1:19am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
The first set was not easy, for sure, but in general I'm happy with my game, Wawrinka said. I was serving well. I think I'm moving better and better and it's all positive so far. ...
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Halep, Radwanska Top 10 Scalps on Monday at Indian Wells

Mar 14 1:16am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
The heat was killing me because I wasn't used to being out there that long yet. I had a headache, my feet were burning and my muscles were gone. ...
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Kyrgios shining in the California sun

Mar 14 12:36am Tennis Australia
A stint on the doubles court, the return of girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic and a confidence-boosting win over Novak…...
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Polmans returns to Canberra

Mar 14 12:35am Tennis Australia
Marc Polmans will contest the ACT Clay Court International #1 this week alongside Omar Jasika.
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Aussie results daily update, 14 March 2017

Mar 14 12:25am Tennis Australia
All the latest Aussie results from home and abroad.
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Australia off to fast start in New Delhi

Mar 13 9:08pm Tennis Australia
Australia’s Junior Davis Cup team were in impressive form on the opening day of the Asia / Oceania…...
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In-form Mladenovic ousts Halep

Mar 13 8:00pm Tennishead
The No.28 seed, who started the year ranked No.42, reached the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-3 6-3 victory over the 2015 champion to set up a meeting with Lauren Davis. After a first-round defeat to Ana Konjuh at the Australian Open, Mladenovic bounced back to win her maiden WTA title in St Petersburg and reaching the final in Acapulco earlier this month. Following wins over Venus Williams in St Petersburg and Karolina Pliskova in Dubai, Mladenovic pulled off another scalp in Indian Wells, beating the No.5 seed in straight sets. “We always had very tough battles,” said Mladenovic after the match. “I think that match was a big win for me, physically.  I was there solid and hanging in there and putting sometimes balls back and being brave. I played the game plan I had perfectly.” While Mladenovic is enjoying a run of form, Halep has not played since early February after pulling out of St Petersburg with a recurrence of the left knee problem she suffered in Australia. “Based on how much I was able to practise before this event, I’m happy to have made the third round,” said Halep, who beat Donna Vekic in her opening match. “She’s playing well and has confidence, but I missed a lot. After the first set, my legs were gone. My tennis legs aren’t back yet, so I need to work a lot.” Halep was not the only high-profile seed to tumble out in the third round as Agnieszka Radwanska was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Chinese qualifier Peng Shuai. “I’m really happy that I can come back and play this tournament again; after my back surgery I almost ended my career,” said Peng after scoring her first Top 10 win since 2014. “But I spent a lot of time and fought hard to be here.”...
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Keys surpassing expectations

Mar 13 8:00pm Tennishead
In only her second match back after undergoing surgery to her left wrist during the off-season, the world No.9 outplayed the big-hitting Japanese teenager to claim a resounding 6-1 6-4 victory in 57 minutes. Having not played since the WTA Finals last October, Keys, who beat Mariana Duque-Marino in her opening match in Indian Wells, readily admits she is exceeding any expectations she set on her return to action. “I’m just happy to be out here, happy to have another win, happy to get to play tomorrow,” said Keys. “I definitely had really low expectations. I was like, if I get a set, I’ll be happy. And to win? It’s always tough to come back and everyone is in the middle of their season.  Next up for Keys is 2011 champion Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-1 to reach the fourth round.  "I'm pleased with the performance, it was nice to get out of there quickly and be out of the sun," said Wozniacki, who beat Keys at last year's US Open in their only previous meeting. "Obviously tomorrow is going to be another tough one, Madison is playing well. I'm excited to get another match."...
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Wawrinka: Anything can happen

Mar 13 8:00pm Tennishead
The No.3 seed maintained his unbeaten record against the German, claiming a fifth win from five career meetings with a 7-5 6-3 victory at Indian Wells. “It was a really good match," said Wawrinka. "I'm very happy, in general. First set was not easy, but in general I'm happy with my game. I need to every time adjust a little bit in the return. It's not easy. But I was serving well. I think I'm moving better and better, and it's all positive so far.” Wawrinka is the highest ranked player in the top half of the draw following Andy Murray’s shock defeat to Vasek Pospisil. Dominic Thiem and Gael Monfils are the only other Top 10 players remaining in the top half, with Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all in the bottom half. The Swiss, who has won just one ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at Monte Carlo in 2014, is hoping to improve on his previous best performance of a quarter-final showing in Indian Wells. "I'm just enjoying being back here, enjoying being back winning,” said Wawrinka, who lost his opening match in Dubai to Damir Dzumhur in his only other tournament since the Australian Open. “I know I'm practising and playing well. I know anything is possible. I'm focused match after match. It was only the second win since Australia. So today I'm really happy with the performance the way I was playing. I'm feeling good in my body, so that's the most important." Next up for Wawrinka is Japanese lucky loser Yoshihito Nishiokia, who upset Tomas Berdych 1-6 7-6(5) 6-4 after saving match point against the Czech.  “I know how he's playing – more from the baseline, using his power. It's going to be interesting,” Wawrinka said. “I’ve never practised with him, so it's going to be the first time we're going to be against each other. So I'm sure it's going to be a good match.”...
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A Higher Net? Rafael Nadal Hints Tennis Might Need To Make Changes In The Future

Mar 13 5:42pm The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Could the net on a tennis court be raised in the near future?...
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Andy Murray Still Has No Explanation Why He Struggles So Much At Indian Wells

Mar 13 5:31pm The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
The losing continues for Andy Murray at Indian Wells.
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