WTA Indian Wells, Day 2 action: Wickmayer wins, Zvonareva out of sorts

The start of Indian Wells and Miami are always a little odd with the seeds not coming out to play until the second round.  There are plenty of matches on the schedule today and lots of streamed courts, but none of the matches are particularly enticing.  The only match that I did want to watch has been scheduled in the evening session; that was the first rounder between Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Taylor Townsend, which should be a fun one.  The tennis has been NOT GOOD so far, but hopefully things will pick up tomorrow.  Here are a couple of recaps from the matches i’ve watched…

Yanina Wickmayer d. Karin Knapp, 6-1 7-5

WickmayerWickmayer produced a solid display to get past Knapp in straight sets.  After saving break points in her first service game, Wickmayer was dominant in the opener.  She found her rhythm against a very sluggish Knapp and produced some impressive angles off both sides.  Wickmayer opened the second set with two double faults and lost her serve immediately.  Knapp twice went up a break, but never looked like consolidating.  She produced a couple of good games, but there was little margin on her strokes and you always got the sense that an error was coming.  Serving at *5-6 in the second set, Knapp was up *40-0… she couldn’t convert on a game point as errors once again took hold.  Both players finished with 16 winners, but the big difference was Knapp producing 18 more unforced errors.

Polona Hercog d. Vera Zvonareva, 6-1 6-1

HercogOh boy. This was a really awkward watch as Hercog literally just had to keep the ball in court as Zvonareva committed an alarming number of errors.  The stats said 37, but it felt like there should be a couple more 0’s on the end.  It was a terrible day at the office for Zvonareva and a concerning loss as she continues her comeback from shoulder surgery.   Zvonareva reached the quarter-finals of Shenzhen and Pattaya City, but did suffer a painful loss in the latter, losing to Marina Erakovic in three sets after having three match points.  There were a few brief moments of frustration from Vera, but I was expecting (and kinda hoping) for  a Charleston-style meltdown.  It certainly begs the question as to what more Zvonareva can get out of her career, which has already been pretty awesome.  The lack of any visible reaction is never a good sign, but I really hope she can bounce back…

3 thoughts on “WTA Indian Wells, Day 2 action: Wickmayer wins, Zvonareva out of sorts

  1. I’m disappointed for Vera but it was always going to be tough for her, this comeback. This could’ve been a big opportunity for her though…

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  2. i watched 4 wonderful matches: wickmayer/ knapp; flipken/ rogers; dani/klara;and townsend/ bethanie. i think townsend is dangerous if she gets more experiences. the stadium atmosphere wa really great. i cant wait for wickmayer and maria. if maria is not playing her 100%, wickmayer can beat her. wickmayer was very very solid.

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