Thursday, March 8, 2012

Passing shots

Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova participated in the March 5 BNP Paribas Showdown in Madison Square Garden. Roger Federer and Andy Roddick were also part of the exhibition event.

A doubles team to watch in Indian Wells is the wild card team of Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova. In the first round, they face the experienced team of Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova.

You can now get to know Hsieh Su-Wei, Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino and Mona Barthel.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands will host a two-day "Workout With Bethanie Mattek-Sands" event at the Family Circle Cup, which runs from March 31 through April 7. You can place your bid here to be the individual who spends time on the court while Mattek-Sands prepares for competition, followed by a private lunch. The winner will also get an autographed racquet, and will do the coin flip for Mattek-Sands' first match. All proceeds go to Charleston's MUSC Children's Hospital.

Irina Falconi is blogging from Indian Wells.

Wild card Sloane Stephens and qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak played for almost three hours and thirteen minutes in the first round of Indian Wells last night. Both held match points, but Stephens ended up the winner, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6.

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