I anticipated a hotly contested match between upstarts Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. That’s exactly what they delivered. Early on, it didn’t look good for the Canadian as Genie came out very much off her game. She double faulted twice in the first game of the match and was spraying shots all over court. Before people could even settle into watching the match, Simona was up 5-0. However, after a changeover visit from her coach, Bouchard caught fire, winning 8 of the next 10 games. She still lost the first set, but then rode her momentum to take the second set 6-1. After each player split the first two sets in lopsided fashion, it was game on in the final set. Genie would strike first, going up a break, serving at 4-3 and looking to put the pressure on Simona by advancing to 5-3. However, Halep would not fold, raising her game and sweeping the next 3 games to close Genie out 6-2 1-6 6-4.
Dominika Cibulkova has had an interesting year so far. She has two tournaments where she lost her first match. She also has two tournaments where she reached the final. One of those was a Major, the Australian Open. The other was Acapulco, where she won the title. Currently at #11, a top 10 ranking is nigh considering her winning ways of late. Domi, seeded 12th, ousted the 8th seed Petra Kvitova rather easily, 6-3 6-2. The win sets up a rematch of January’s Australian Open final against Li Na. The Chinese superstar handled Domi in Melbourne. Will history repeat itself in Indian Wells or will Cibulkova turn the tables?
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1 LI NA (won 6-1 6-4 vs Aleksandra Wozniak)
2 AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA (won 7-5 6-3 vs 22 Alize Cornet)
6 SIMONA HALEP (won 6-2 1-6 6-4 vs 18 Eugenie Bouchard)
7 JELENA JANKOVIC (won 6-3 6-1 vs 10 Caroline Wozniacki)
12 DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA (won 6-3 6-2 vs 8 Petra Kvitova)
17 SLOANE STEPHENS (won 6-3 7-5 vs Alisa Kleybanova)
20 FLAVIA PENNETTA (won 6-2 6-1 vs Camila Giorgi)