In Saturday’s play at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells the spectators were treated to some great tennis which lasted until after 10:30 pm – with five of the women’s matches going to three sets; and the 16th seed Lucie Safarova, 17th seed Ekaterina Makarova, and 20th seed Su-Wei Hsieh, were all being beaten by unseeded players. Adding to the interest, the 1st and 2nd seeds in the doubles, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci and Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecha respectively, were both beaten in straight sets.
Three of the shortest matches were those of Ana Ivanovic, Angelique Kerber and Nadia Petrova. Ivanovic, the tournament’s 11th seed, played the American wild card, Taylor Townsend and she made light work of her time on court, easily winning 6-1 6-2 in just an hour and a quarter. The German 4th seed, Angelique Kerber, also spent very little time on court in her match again Irina-Camelia Begu of Roumania, taking the match 6-3 6-2 in an hour and seven minutes. Nadia Petrova of Russia, the tournament’s 10th seed, took on the lucky loser from Switzerland, Stephanie Vogele, and also won 6-3 6-2 in an hour and 13 minutes, to book her place in the third round.
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