Break Points: March 10, 2014

Notable Results:

  • Indian Wells 2R: Yen-Hsun Lu d. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-1, 6-2
  • Indian Wells 2R: Roberto Bautista-Agut d. Tomas Berdych, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
  • Indian Wells 2R: Mikhail Kukushkin d. Vasek Pospisil, 6-0, 6-2
  • Indian Wells 2R: Dominic Thiem d. Gilles Simon, 7-6(5), 6-2
  • Indian Wells 2R: Julien Benneteau d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-4, 6-4
  • Indian Wells 3R: Simona Halep d. Lucie Safarova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
  • Indian Wells 3R: Eugenie Bouchard d. Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-3
  • Indian Wells 3R: Casey Dellacqua d. Roberta Vinci, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
  • Indian Wells 3R: Alize Cornet d. Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-3
  • Indian Wells 3R: Agnieszka Radwanska d. Annika Beck, 6-0, 6-0

News and Links:

I enjoyed this piece from Steve Tignor on Sloane Stephens’ and Caroline Wozniacki’s different approach on coaching:

It’s Sloane’s athletisicm, her easy power, that Wozniacki lacks. Aside from a slice forehand or two, Wozniacki didn’t mix much up today, the way Mortenson has mentioned. But variety wasn’t necessary against her opponent, the ever-erratic Yaroslava Shvedova; plain old boring consistency was, and Wozniacki was consistent enough to win in three sets. Yet that didn’t stop Piotr from barreling out once each set and doing his air forehands.

Mix it up, be more aggressive, flatten out the forehand, enjoy yourself: No matter what advice she gets, Wozniacki still has to start with a fluttering second serve and a lack of serious power from the baseline. It’s not easy to change a tennis player. And when you’ve been working with someone since the day you were born, it’s not easy to change a coach.

Doug Robson took a look at Marin Cilic’s recent improvements on serve:

According to Cilic, the results were almost immediate. In a practice session soon after they started working together, Ivanisevic suggested Cilic toss the ball more in front of his body and reduce his knee flex “so he doesn’t bend like a tree in the wind,” Ivanisevic said.

Cilic noticed a difference within 5 minutes. “It just clicked,” he said.

Those adjustments were confirmed when he resumed play at the indoor Paris Masters at Bercy last fall and nailed 40 aces in two matches.

“The motion was in a few pieces,” said Cilic. “Now I feel it’s more simple.”

Courtney Nguyen writes about some crazy calls from chair umpire Mohamed El Jennati that sparked players’ ire:

El Jennati was in the chair for Radek Stepanek’s first-round win over Denis Istomin, who grew upset after El Jennati disallowed a Hawk-Eye challenge on break point for a ball that looked well wide. Istomin clearly stopped play and lifted his arm to challenge the call, but El Jennati didn’t see it. When Istomin repeated his request for the challenge, El Jennati told him he took too long. The supervisor was called to the court and sided with El Jennati. Istomin was, understandably, incredulous. Not only was the specific shot Istomin wanted to challenge seemingly out, but so was Stepanek’s next shot, which ended the rally because Istomin had stopped play. Yet somehow, the point was awarded to Stepanek.

Serena Williams was a big fan of Maria Sharapova’s outfit yesterday.

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