On the first two days of the 2011 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells unseeded players had success as the top players received byes into the second round. Of note to me were wins by Americans Melanie Oudin and Coco Vandeweghe, as well as Acapulco champion Gisela Dulko. But reality came crashing down as the second round is now here and the seeds come back into play. 6th seed and defending champion Jelena Jankovic overwhelmed Coco Vandeweghe 6-2 6-1. Jelena was just too tough, never facing a break point all match as she won 80% of her first serve points.
Jelena Practice Session
Equally as dominant was 2nd seed Kim Clijsters who dropped a bagel on the outmatched Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2 6-0. Kim just absolutely ate up Alla’s second serve. Alla won only 2 of 18 second serve points, for a measly 11%. That might not have spelled doom if she had a consistent, big first serve but against Kim it wasn’t enough. Actually, moving forward what worries me about Kim’s chances to win are off court. She does not have a nanny for daughter Jada this tournament. Of course, husband Brian is here, but I wonder if an inopportune late night might have Kim show up sluggish for a match she should win. We’ll have to keep an eye on that.
Kim Clijsters Talks About Her Favorite Holiday at 2011 BNP Paribas
If there is a player that could derail Kim in the bottom half of the draw…well, any player could, it’s sports after all…you never know what will happen, Sara Errani could beat Kim in the next round…but is most likely to knock out Kim…I would look to Vera Zvonareva, who is a couple of weeks removed from stopping the streaking Caroline Wozniacki. Vera moved into the third round although she was pushed to a second round tiebreak against Timea Bacsinszky 6-3 7-6 (4). But here is the tricky part. Although Vera is a real threat to win this tournament, it also would not shock me to see her lose to Dominika Cibulkova in the next round or possibly Yanina Wickmayer the round after that. Vera has #1 in the world talent but from time to time doesn’t always play like a #1. Vera beat Dominika handily in Qatar a few weeks ago 6-2, 6-1 but Cibulkova does have a win over #1 Caroline Wozniacki this year (at Medibank) so Vera better not get caught looking ahead.
It was nice to see Ana Ivanovic win her second round match (first of the tournament) against Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-4 6-2. I’ve been expecting much more from Ana this year but she has been sputtering a bit. I don’t like her coaching (or lack of coaching) situation. That said, I would love to see Ana make a run at Indian Wells but she is so unpredictable these days. Her next match is again Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova, who took out Petra Kvitova. What has happened to Kvitova since she won in Paris? Two straight one and done losses…in Dubai to Ayumi Morita and then here. Both of those players she should beat, even if not 100%. So now it will fall to Ana to face Barbora. On paper, Ana should win that match. But I just have not felt any certainty when it comes to predicting Ana’s matches.
Ana Ivanovic practicing at Indian Wells
However, I was able to predict that Alize Cornet would take out Pironkova in the second round. And to be honest, while I make Francesca Schiavone the favorite to win against Alize in the third round, I would not be surprised to see an upset.
Singles – Second Round
(2) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 62 60
(3) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 63 76(4)
(5) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) 62 60
(6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 62 61
(10) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 46 76(5) 63
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (12) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 36 62 75
(14) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 36 62 62
(15) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (Q) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 26 63 62
(17) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 62 75
(19) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 64 62
(21) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 76(8) 75
(23) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 64 63
(25) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (WC) Sania Mirza (IND) 63 63
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (29) Jarmila Groth (AUS) 75 46 62
(Q) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (30) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 75 36 62
(32) Julia Goerges (GER) d. Sybille Bammer (AUT) 61 63