One day after a hobbled Victoria Azarenka was sent packing in straight sets by American Lauren Davis, the rest of the top seeds (save for Angelique Kerber) restored ordered to the draw at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Entering the first of back to back “mini Majors” as the top seed, Li Na was surgically brilliant in the first set before an up and down second set, ousting countrywoman Zheng Jie, 6-1 7-5. Like Vika and the other top seeds, Li Na received a first-round bye. Like Maria Sharapova, Li Na was coming in off a shocking loss. Li fell to qualifier Petra Cetkovska in Doha. This was a nice bounce back win for the reigning Australian Open champion.
Masha lost to Dominika Cibulkova in Melbourne and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Paris. Those are good players, but clearly Masha was a heavy favorite in both matches. She took care of business relatively easily against the dangerous Julia Goerges to open her Indian Wells title defense. However, if she is to be successful in winning the BNP Paribas Open for a second straight year, she can’t have 7 double faults in matches going forward. But at least she advanced, which cannot be said for Vika. Obviously, Azarenka is having injury issues at the moment. It almost feels like the year is slipping away even though it’s only March. Vika is such a great hard court player, I hate to see her struggling at this time. Hopefully, she will be recovered in time for Miami at the Sony Open.
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1 LI NA (won 6-1 7-5 vs Zheng Jie)
2 AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA (won 6-3 6-4 vs Heather Watson)
LAUREN DAVIS (won 6-0 7-6 (1) vs 3 Victoria Azarenka)
4 MARIA SHARAPOVA (won 6-1 6-4 vs Julia Goerges)
MARIA TERESA TORRO-FLOR (won 2-6 7-6 (5) 6-4 vs 5 Angelique Kerber)
6 SIMONA HALEP (won 6-2 6-2 vs Kurumi Nara)
7 JELENA JANKOVIC (won 6-3 6-1 vs Yvonne Meusburger)
8 PETRA KVITOVA (won 6-1 6-3 vs Coco Vandeweghe)