Indian Wells Women 3rd Round

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The Indian Wells Open Women’s 2nd round main draw singles at Indian Wells are now completed. In the 2nd round all of the Top 32 seeds played against unseeded players and 9 of the seeds including No.1 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, being defeated.

The draw has opened up with former winner Kim Clijsters benefiting from Kuznetsova’s loss. The matches that you should try to see in the 3rd round that could be the most fiercely competitive are Kleybanova v. Clijsters, defending champion Zvonareva v. Sevastova, Zheng Jie v. Sharapova and Kirilenko v. Wozniacki. Many of the top remaining players have not played much this year and are yet to hit their stride. Let’s see who can turn it on!

The following is the draw for the 3rd round matches. The number in brackets before a players name is their seeding. A “Q” in brackets before their name means that player is a Qualifier and “WC” means that player received a Wild Card.

  • (1) Kuznetsova Carla Suarez Navarro versus (27) Agnes Szavay
  • (23) Alisa Kleybanova v. (14) Kim Clijsters
  • (9) Flavia Pennetta v. (17) Shahar Peer
  • (26) Cibulkova Sara Errani v. (6) Jelena Jankovic
  • (3) Victoria Azarenka v. (28) Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez
  • (21) Hantuchova Roberta Vinci v. (13) Yanina Wickmayer
  • (12) Vera Zvonareva v. (24) Ivanovic Anastasija Sevastova
  • (25) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v. (8) Samantha Stosur

…the above are the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players who are facing off are:

  • (5) Agnieszka Radwanska v. (31) Gisela Dulko
  • (22) Lisicki Jill Craybas v. (11) Marion Bartoli
  • (15)  Francesca Schiavone v. (19) Aravane Rezai
  • (30) Wozniak Kirsten Flipkens v. (4) Elena Dementieva
  • (7) Li (Q) Elena Baltacha v. (29) Medina Garrigues (WC) Alicia Molik
  • (18) Zheng Jie v. (10) Maria Sharapova
  • (16) Nadia Petrova v. (20) A.Bondarenko Peng Shuai
  • (32) Maria Kirilenko v. (2) Caroline Wozniacki

The player’s name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Pictured above is Italian Flavia Pennetta playing a forehand drive a very short time after making contact with the ball. Pennetta became the first Italian woman to earn a Top 10 ranking in August last year.

The 28 year old’s best result in a Grand Slam is making the quarter finals for the past 2 years at the US Open on the American hard courts. Can Pennetta keep riding her wave up the ranks on the WTA Tour and make her first ever semi final at a Premier Mandatory tournament?

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information and results at Indian Wells for both the men and women’s events. Click this link for more details -> Indian Wells 2010: Mar 12-21.

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