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Ruthless Kerber Powers Past Putintseva As Vekic And Keys Suffer Shock Exits

Angelique Kerber produced one of her trademark performances as she made the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.

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A ruthless Angelique Kerber powered into the third round at Indian Wells with a 6-0 6-2 win over Yulia Putintseva. 

The German has been struggling for form and motivation this year but turned on the style today to reach the last 32 in California.

After the win, Kerber will now play Natalia Vikhlyantseva who also secured a crushing victory over Carla Suarez Navarro.

Meanwhile Donna Vekic and Madison Keys suffered shock exits as they failed to reach the last 32 with defeats over Ysaline Bonaventure and Mona Barthel respectively.

Winning 93% of her first serve points Kerber put on a sizzling display of defensive shot-making as there was a real worry that Putintseva wasn’t going to win a game.

However the Kazakh did hold a couple of times towards the end before the eighth seed finished off a comfortable victory.

It was a very good day for Kerber and after the match she shared her delight at the victory, “Yeah, it was a good match for me. I mean, I was feeling good from the beginning,” she explained in her press conference.

“I was trying to staying so focusing after the first match to — the first set, to really get through the second set, as well, like the first one. Yeah, I think that I was playing really aggressive. Yeah, it’s good to start the tournament like that.”

In the next round, Kerber will play Natalia Vikhlyantseva after the Russian only dropped two games against Carla Suarez Navarro.

However there were some shocks in the day session as 28th seeded Croatian Donna Vekic was edged out by Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure.

The Croatian, who has had a good six months, was unable to put her game together consistently against Bonaventure in the 1-6 7-6(5) 6-4 defeat.

While injury-stricken Madison Keys lost a tough three set match to Mona Barthel 3-6 6-1 7-5. The American was up a break twice in the decider and had served for the match.

But the American couldn’t close it out and the German earned a very good win as well as a place in the last 32 at Indian Wells.

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Tomas Berdych Suffers Another Setback After Miami Open Withdrawal

Tomas Berdych has had to withdraw from the Miami Open after suffering a back injury.

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Tomas Berdych has suffered another injury setback after withdrawing from the Miami Open this week. 

The former Wimbledon finalist received a setback to his comeback after withdrawing from his first round match with Bernard Tomic due to a back injury.

Had Berdych won his first round match he would have played Novak Djokovic in the second round but his latest injury setback means that potential match-up will not happen.

Speaking on Twitter the Czech Republican explained that he needed time to recover from his back injury, “Not a good day in the office, unfortunately, I have had to pull out from my first round match,” Berdych said.

“My back is not in the 100% conditions and I have to be careful with my decisions. Need time to recover and be strong again.”

After reaching the Doha final, Montpellier semi-finals and the fourth round at the Australian Open, this is an untimely setback for Berdych who was hoping to reach the heights of 2013 once again.

As a result of his withdrawal Bernard Tomic will play a qualifier or Lucky Loser tomorrow in the first round.

Tipsarevic’s Emotional Return 

In early Miami Open results, Janko Tipsarevic made an emotional return to the ATP Tour with a 6-3 6-3 win over Bradley Klahn.

The Serbian, who has had his injuries, broke the American four times to reach the second round at the new Miami venue.

A match with Roberto Bautista Agut awaits for Tipsarevic next who will be eagerly-awaiting the challenge. There were also wins for Argentinian duo Federico Delbonis and Guido Andreozzi as well as Roberto Carballes Baena.

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Bianca Andreescu becomes the youngest WTA Premier Mandatory champion at Indian Wells

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Canadian 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu edged past Angelique Kerber 6-4 3-6 6-4 to become the youngest WTA Premier Mandatory champion and the fourth youngest winner at Indian Wells behind Martina Hingis, Serena Williams and Monica Seles.

Bianca Andreescu has won her maiden WTA title. With this win she has won 28 of her 31 matches this season and becomes the first wild-card to win the Indian Wells title.

Andreescu started the first set with an immediate break on her fourth break point chance in the opening game after Kerber’s second double fault. The Canadian teenager held her serve with a hold of serve at 15 to open up a 2-0 lead.

In the third game Andreescu hit a forehand slice to draw level to 30-30, but Kerber held her serve for 1-2, as Andreescu sent her forehand wide.

Andreescu held her serve at 30 in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. The teenager got to 30-all on Kerber’s serve, but the German player hit a big forehand and held her serve for 2-3. In the sixth game Andreescu hit a forehand winner to earn a game point and held her serve with her first ace. Andreescu made a double fault at 30-15 in the 10th game but she held her serve to close out the first set 6-4 in 40 minutes. Kerber won all her points on her second serve, compared to Kerber’s 55%. The German player made 14 unforced errors in the first set.

In the second set Andreeu got to 30-30, but she hit her backhand into the net to hold serve for 1-1. In the best game of the match Kerber saved two break points to hold her serve for 2-1. Andreescu battled hard to hold her serve but Kerber came back from 30-40 down to convert her only break point of the set after two deuces thanks to a forehand error from Andreescu. The player consolidated the break with a hold at 30 to open up a 4-1 lead. Kerber held her next service games to close out the second set 6-3.

Andreescu opened the third set with a hold at 30 to take a 1-0 lead. The Canadian held serve in the third game at deuce for 2-1, but she missed a chance for a break point, when she netted a short forehand. Andreescu required medical treatment on her arm after the third game.

Kerber converted her second break point to take a 3-2 lead, when Andreescu hit a shot into the net. Andreescu broke straight back at 15 to draw level to 3-3 and held serve at love for 4-3. The Canadian got the second consecutive break on her second break point chance in the eighth game to earn her chance to serve for the match, but Kerber saved three championship points to break back in the ninth game on return at deuce, when Andreescu hit her drop-shot into the net.

Andreescu closed out the match with another break in the 10th game on her fourth championhip point. She hit a forehand winner at 30-30 and closed out the match, when Kerber hit the net, and fell to the ground in celebration.

“I would like to congratulate Angelique Kerber for an amazing tournament. It was amazing to share the court with you today. You are an incredible champion and an inspiration. Hopefully this moment can be an inspiration for many young athletes because, like I always say, if you believe in yourself anything is possible. My mother told me throughout the years ‘if you work hard, you dream to get big. Then you can accomplish so many things and that’s what I’ve been doing throughout. This moment has become a reality and it’s really crazy. To my team – thank you for being there for me throughout so many years. It’s really means so much to share this moment right now”, said Andreescu.

 Angelique Kerber congratulated with Andreescu on her amazing week in the post match speech.

“I would like to say congratulations to Bianca for your unbelievable tournament, for your win here. You played amazing during the whole tournament and you really deserved to win the title”, said Kerber.

 

 

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Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Federer Clash With Knee Injury, Withdraws From Miami

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his BNP Paribas Open semi-final with Roger Federer due to a knee injury.

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Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his Indian Wells semi-final with Roger Federer after suffering a right knee injury.

The Spaniard injured his during his 7-6(2) 7-6(2) win over Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals. As a result he has also withdrawn from next week’s Miami Open.

It was reported that Nadal had a 15 minute practice before a 10 minute conversation with his team where they made the decision to withdraw from the semi-final.

After the announcement Nadal emphasised his disappointment at the withdrawal, “I wanted to try my best to be competitive, but during the warmup I felt my knee was not good enough for the level I need to play,” Nadal explained.

“It’s tough for me to accept all these things that I’m going through in my career. Sometimes I feel sad because I’m in a disadvantage to all my opponents. 

[I need to] be positive and grateful for all the things tennis has given to me. I feel fortunate for all the things I’ve done in my life and the world of tennis.”

It is a bitterly disappointing setback for Nadal who would’ve been hoping to close the gap between him and Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings.

Next for the Spaniard will be Monte-Carlo in mid-April after also announcing his withdrawal from next week’s Miami Open, “The plan for the clay season is Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Roma and Roland Garros. That has been my calendar throughout my career and I hope to be able to complete it one more time.”

As for Roger Federer, he will now play either Dominic Thiem or Milos Raonic in tomorrow’s final as he looks to win his sixth title in California.

 

 

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