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Indian Wells Digest - Monday

by Alexandra Willis
Tuesday 13 March 2012

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki overcame a three-set scare at the hands of Sofia Arvidsson late on Monday night to keep her title defence alive in Indian Wells. Wozniacki, who ceded the No.1 ranking during the Australian Open, was saved once again by her phenomenal defence, as Arvidsson popped the ball around the court for much of the match, only for the Dane to cling on by her fingernails.

I knew it was going to be a tough match," a smiling Wozniacki said in a courtside interview at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden after a marathon baseline battle between the two Scandinavians.

"I've known Sophia since I was 12 or 13 and we know each other's games so well.

"She just came out from a win in Memphis and I knew she was on fire. I'm so happy with this win," added the Dane, who will next play Serb Ana Ivanovic.

Andy Roddick, meanwhile, was sent home by Tomas Berdych, setting up a re-match with Nicolas Almagro in the last 16. The pair clashed in acrimonious fashion at the Australian Open, when Almagro fired a ball that hit Berdych on the elbow, sending the Czech crashing to the floor, and then refused to shake hands at the net afterwards. It's sure to cause a lot of chatter.

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Talk of the town ... was the re-appearance of the hindrance rule, used against an American playing an Australian in another high-profile incident. Mardy Fish was penalised a point by the umpire for shouting 'Come on,' against Matthew Ebden before the ball had bounced. It gave the young Australian qualifier break point, he converted, and won the match, knocking out the American No.1.

"First off, it was totally my fault," said Fish, who was penalised in the ninth game before being broken to trail 4-5. "I made a mistake, and I would have been totally fine with playing a let on it. I was just trying to fire myself up, to be honest with you," he added of his yell after hitting an attempted volley winner. "For him to get that on one bounce was an amazing get."

There was also the continuing spread of the Coachella Valley-wide virus, which claimed further victims in Francesca Schiavone, Petra Kvitova, sending them to the sick room alongside Jarkko Nieminen, Vania King, Gael Monfils, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Vera Zvonareva, Andreas Seppi, Magdalena Rybarikova, Jurgen Melzer and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

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Cruising through the day's play were John Isner, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Gilles Simon, Pablo Andujar, and Marion Bartoli.

There was a topsy turvy hard-fought tussle between Sam Stosur and Nadia Petrova, which ended with the US Open champion falling to the Russian for the fifth time in seven meetings, while Nicolas Almagro took three sets to come through against Santiago Giraldo, Kei Nishikori's conqueror. Roberta Vinci also took three sets to upset Dominika Cibulkova, while Maria Kirilenko survived an injury time out to beat Lourdes Dominquez Lino in three.

Doubles match, and crowd, of the day belonged to the Bryan brothers' sensational win over Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez, 17-15 in the match tie-break, the longest match tie-break the brothers have ever contested, on a packed Court 7.

Shot of the day went to Ana Ivanovic, who completed her win over Ksenia Pervak with a net cord. She was so dumbfounded she threw her racket on the ground in response.

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For all the reports and results from Indian Wells, visit the official BNP Paribas Open website

 


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