Sunday, March 16, 2014

Some final thoughts about Indian Wells

The BNP Paribas Open was kind of special for me this year because players I like very much--Flavia Pennetta, Aga Radwanska, Simona Halep, Li Na, and Jelena Jankovic all showed up in the last stages of the tournament. And while Halep was too tired, Radwanska was ultimately too injured, and Li went off to Na Na Land, I was still glad to see them all get to the semifinals or better. Of course, it was often hard for me to cheer for anyone because I wanted them all to win!

Having Pennetta win was truly the icing on the cake. Pennetta is iconic to me, even though she has never won a major. What a pleasure it was to see her take home a trophy from a premier mandatory event.

My favorite match (and I didn't see them all, of course) was the quarterfinal played between Radwanska and Jankovic. And my favorite moment of the whole tournament--not counting Pennetta's moment of victory--was when Jankovic challenged a call while lying on the court with her legs dangling. That's our JJ.

That was a rather sharp contrast to Maria Sharapova's insistence that she didn't challenge a call when everyone saw her make the universal "I challenge" gesture. I noticed that the chair umpire for the men's final made a point of telling the players that the best way to challenge a call is to say that you are challenging.

On to Miami, speaking of Sharapova. The Russian star has been the runner-up there five times, but has never won. Beating her for those five titles were Kim Clijsters, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Serena Williams. Will the Miami Curse be lifted this year?


bill said...

A propos of nothing, this has been a good few sports months for Larry Ellison, owner of Indian Wells - a very entertaining tournament on both the women's and men's sides as well as the late summer win in the America's Cup in SF Bay ....

sunny nine said...

forgive the no caps-getting therapy for the broken finger. Due to a couple of maladies, I watched a ton of matches on tennistv. I think it will take a little time for halep to not get tired as she continually gets to the business end of tournaments now. but i like her enthusiasm and play. I also enjoyed the arad-jj match. great shots. pennetta-i remember when she got to no 10-i was so happy. adept at hitting from the baseline but great at the net. a complete player. i wish there were more people at the women's matches as the ones who were there seemed to really get into the matches. the players at the end made for a different look than the usual suspects. injury is allowing some people to move up and show what they are made of and they are living up to the call of the top ten-jj and halep.

Diane said...

Good point, Bill. I've never been to Indian Wells but I hear it's really beautiful, and keeps improving.

Yes, how great to see very interesting players with lots of different shots make it to the end!