Indian Wells - VCO Player Field Update
Two Volvo Car Open fan favorites, Madison Keys and Caroline Wozniacki, will face each other in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. During a battle of big backhands, Keys unhinged and knocked out Charleston contender, Naomi Osaka, in straight sets with a 6-1, 6-4 victory.
American tennis star Venus Williams is guaranteed to have an exciting match as she takes on Shuai Peng of China in the quarterfinals. Though Peng took the victory during their last showdown, it is no secret that Williams has been playing at her best and will have her larger-than-life serve keyed up and ready to go.
Peng fought Ana Konjuh - who will also make an appearance at this year’s Volvo Car Open - and snagged the win to face Agnieszka Radwanska who she defeated soundly 6-4,6-4 to secure her spot in the fourth round against Williams. Regardless of outcome, the good news? Both of these phenomenal women will have the chance to meet again this April in Charleston.
In case you haven’t had your emerging star radar up and running, you might not have noticed American player Lauren Davis making a slow and steady move to the top of the rankings. Starting this year at World No. 62, Davis began her ascent to the top of the ranks, with her first WTA title win, and has no intention of slowing down.
Now World No. 38, Davis has turned up the heat on herself and her opponents. Knocking down Julia Goerges, 6-1, 6-3, even her coach, Mark Shanerman, was feeling the love for the Ohio native’s game during the match, keep the conversation light during the match to get Davis in the right head space.
“I hear the dollar is going down a little bit, but it’s still stronger compared to the Euro,” Shanerman said to Davis during their powwow after the first set. “So you know, I’ve got a lot of emerging markets, a lot of positives going on,” he joked.
Davis walked away smiling, and took the match in straight sets. She will face Kristina Mladenovic in the Round of 16.
Elena Vesnina earned her spot in the Sweet Sixteen and will face former Volvo Car Open champion Angelique Kerber. To fans enjoyment, she squeaked out a three-set victory over Timea Babos 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, and secured her best BNP Paribas Open run to date.