It has been a while since my last post but I am looking forward to Indian Wells which is just a couple of days away. The 2018 BNP Paribas Open main draw should be out late Monday (UK time) with main draw action set to start on Wednesday. I am planning to be more active on the blog so stay tuned. This Set Points is a catch-up on tennis news from the past week and a look ahead to the first Premier Mandatory of the year.
Lesia Tsurenko retains Acapulco title
Like London buses… last week Elina Svitolina defended her Dubai title and this week Lesia Tsurenko did the same in Acapulco. Tsurenko beat first time WTA finalist, Stefanie Voegele in Sunday’s showpiece, 5-7 7-6(2) 6-2. It was the first time that Tsurenko had been taken to three sets in Acapulco during her two triumphs. I watched a couple of matches but on the whole struggled to get excited about Acapulco. The time difference and late starting of matches made it difficult to watch anything live.
I am so happy to see Victoria Azarenka practising at Indian Wells and set to play her first competitive match since Wimbledon. Azarenka has always been quite a divisive player with the fans. However, I think most people will be rooting for her after the last few months.
Svetlana Kuznetsova on the comeback
Last year’s finalist, Svetlana Kuznetsova, will be back in action for the first time since having wrist injury. I loved the interview linked below by Reem Abulleil. The story about staying at Kim Clijsters’s house and the pigs was classic 😂.
Wild cards announced for Indian Wells
Azarenka joins Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Dolehide, Claire Liu, Kayla Day, Danielle Collins, Amanda Anisimova and Sofya Zhuk on the list of wild cards into the main draw. Roberta Vinci and Sabine Lisicki both have wild cards into qualifying!
Lucie update – not good news! 😢
Sadly Lucie Safarova has pulled out of Indian Wells which also means that the Team Bucie comeback will be delayed. It sounds like Lucie is still recovering from the virus that affected in Dubai. On a lighter note, I wrote a piece for Lucie’s official website about how I became a fan.
Entry lists shaping up for the clay court season
I’ve really become fond of clay court tennis since going to Roland Garros and two of my favourite tournaments of the year are coming soon in Charleston and Stuttgart. While missing a top five player for now, Charleston’s line-up features most of my faves. As always, Stuttgart is knockout.
I enjoyed a full-on baking weekend and i’m currently trying to improve at cakes. They have always been my nemesis. Today I made a pear upside down cake. I made a lot of mistakes but am content that it all came out of the tin in one piece!