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2019 BNP Paribas Open: Week 1 Recap

Date
11 March 2019

INDIAN WELLS, California — The unusually cool temperatures at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden didn’t stop action from heating up during the first week at the BNP Paribas Open. 

Four head-to-toe players on the men’s side, including Stan Wawrinka, Yoshihito Nishioka, Hubert Hurkacz, and Radu Albot, advanced to the round of 32. 

Albot is currently one of the hottest players on tour. The Moldovan is on a nine-match winning streak, dating back to his first ATP title at the Delray Beach Open.

Wawrinka, who recently re-entered the top-50 after coming back from injury, fought through two three-set matches in the opening rounds and will face Swiss compatriot Roger Federer for a spot in the round of 16. 

On the women’s side, defending champion and top-seeded Naomi Osaka revenged her loss to Kristina Mladenovic from two weeks ago in the round of 64 to extend her winning streak in the desert to eight. 

"Honestly, it was great that I got to play her again because I was able to learn from the mistakes I did back then, and I was able to apply it," said Osaka. "I just learned to be really positive and not give her anything."

Osaka, Belinda Bencic, who is coming off her third career WTA title after winning Dubai, Angelique Kerber, and Anastasija Sevastova are looking to join Marketa Vondrousova in the round of 16. Vondrousova recorded an upset over Jelena Ostapenko and will face Simona Halep for a spot in the final 8. 

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Women
[1] Naomi Osaka (JPN) - EZONE 98 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125 
[23 Belinda Bencic (SUI) - EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
[11] Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) - EZONE 98 / POLYTOUR PRO 125 / Melbourne Collection / ECLIPSION2 
[8] Angelique Kerber (GER) - VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR FIRE 120
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) - EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR AIR 125

Men
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) - VCORE 98 / POLYTOUR SPIN 125 / Melbourne Collection / FUSIONREV2
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) - VCORE PRO 97 / Melbourne Collection / ECLIPSION2
[24] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) - VCORE 95 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125
Radu Albot (MDA) - VCORE 98 / Melbourne Collection / ECLIPSION2 
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) - VCORE PRO 97 / Melbourne Collection / ECLIPSION2