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Mar 14, 2015

Tennis-Relief for Cilic to be back on court, even in defeat

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 14 (Reuters) – Simply being back on the tennis court in competitive mode was a victory for U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic on Saturday, though he was ousted by Argentina’s Juan Monaco in the BNP Paribas Open second round.

Seeded 10th for the elite ATP Masters 1000 event at Indian Wells, Croatian Cilic was making his first appearance of the season after being sidelined for 10 weeks while slowly rehabilitating a sore right shoulder.

Mar 14, 2015

Fifth seed Nishikori reaches third round at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – Japanese trailblazer Kei Nishikori recovered from an erratic start to book his place in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-4 6-4 victory over American Ryan Harrison on Saturday.

Seeded fifth for the elite ATP Masters 1000 event, Nishikori broke his opponent five times while losing his own serve on three occasions on a hot afternoon at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before sealing the win in just under an hour and a half.

Mar 14, 2015

Tennis-Fifth seed Nishikori reaches third round at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 14 (Reuters) – Japanese trailblazer Kei Nishikori recovered from an erratic start to book his place in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-4 6-4 victory over American Ryan Harrison on Saturday.

Seeded fifth for the elite ATP Masters 1000 event, Nishikori broke his opponent five times while losing his own serve on three occasions on a hot afternoon at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden before sealing the win in just under an hour and a half.

Mar 14, 2015

Pennetta launches title defense with nervy win

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – Italy’s Flavia Pennetta overcame an early bout of nerves to launch her BNP Paribas Open title defence with a commanding 6-4 6-2 win over American Madison Brengle in the second round on Saturday.

The 33-year-old from Brindisi, best known for her doubles prowess, broke her opponent once in a tightly contested opening set and twice more in the second to wrap up victory in 75 minutes at a sun-drenched Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Mar 14, 2015

Tennis-Pennetta launches title defence with nervy win

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 14 (Reuters) – Italy’s Flavia Pennetta overcame an early bout of nerves to launch her BNP Paribas Open title defence with a commanding 6-4 6-2 win over American Madison Brengle in the second round on Saturday.

The 33-year-old from Brindisi, best known for her doubles prowess, broke her opponent once in a tightly contested opening set and twice more in the second to wrap up victory in 75 minutes at a sun-drenched Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Mar 14, 2015

Serena overwhelmed by fan love on Indian Wells return

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – Fourteen years after leaving the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in shocked disbelief after being heckled by the fans, Serena Williams soaked up their adulation on her return to the venue on Friday.

The American world number one, who was booed by the crowd as she beat Kim Clijsters in the 2001 final to win her second title at the California desert resort, felt overwhelmed after receiving a standing ovation at the start of the match.

Mar 14, 2015

Tennis-Serena overwhelmed by fan love on Indian Wells return

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 13 (Reuters) – Fourteen years after leaving the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in shocked disbelief after being heckled by the fans, Serena Williams soaked up their adulation on her return to the venue on Friday.

The American world number one, who was booed by the crowd as she beat Kim Clijsters in the 2001 final to win her second title at the California desert resort, felt overwhelmed after receiving a standing ovation at the start of the match.

Mar 14, 2015

Serena makes winning return to Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – Serena Williams returned to Indian Wells on Friday after a 14-year boycott due to racist abuse she suffered in the 2001 final and got her bid for a third BNP Paribas Open title off to a winning, though somewhat error-prone, start.

On a sultry evening at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in front of a sell-out crowd, the American world number one overcame a nervous start on the stadium court to battle past Romania’s Monica Niculescu 7-5 7-5 in the second round.

Mar 14, 2015

Tennis-Serena makes winning return to Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 13 (Reuters) – Serena Williams returned to Indian Wells on Friday after a 14-year boycott due to racist abuse she suffered in the 2001 final and got her bid for a third BNP Paribas Open title off to a winning, though somewhat error-prone, start.

On a sultry evening at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in front of a sell-out crowd, the American world number one overcame a nervous start on the stadium court to battle past Romania’s Monica Niculescu 7-5 7-5 in the second round.

Mar 14, 2015

Radwanska looks for edge from Navratilova in grand slams

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – “So far, so good” for Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, who three months ago hired tennis great Martina Navratilova as a coaching consultant as she strives to win her first grand slam singles title.

Radwanska, 26, has reached one grand slam final, having lost in three sets to Serena Williams in the championship match at Wimbledon in 2012.