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Azarenka stunned at Indian Wells, Radwanska and Halep through
World number 66 Lauren Davis produced a stunning result in round 2 of Indian Wells when she stole the headlines in defeating former champion and world number 1 Victoria Azarenka in the ladies draw.
Twenty year old American Davis, is a relative unknown on the tour with a highest ranking of 59, joined a crop of rising American stars when she took down the 3rd seed Azarenka in 2 sets, 6/0, 7/6, advancing into the third round with her first victory over a player ranked in the top 25.
Davis will now meet world number 51 Varvara lepchenko, after she defeated 2002 Indian Wells champion Daniela Hantuchova, 6/3, 6/2.
On a day that saw most of the top seeds in action following a first round bye, there were no other major upsets as Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep, Jelena Jankovic, Sarah Errani and Carolina Wozniacki all moved on with straight set wins.
Much was expected from rising American star Madison Keys however she failed to deliver when Roberta Vinci brushed her aside 6/3, 6/3.
Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Ana Ivanovic and the rest of the ladies seeds feature in second round action today and without the 2 Williams sisters and the early departure of Azarenka, the draw looks wide open.
In the men’s draw 3 of the “Fantastic 4,” Nadal, Federer and Murray knuckle down to business as they begin their campaigns to lift the first Masters series event of the season.
Defending champion and twice winner at Indian Wells Rafa Nadal, begins his quest for a 27th Masters title when he takes on former world number 8 and veteran Radek Stepanek.
Nadal with 2 titles already in 2014 will know Stepanek will offer a stiff challenge after he pushed Roger Federer to 3 sets in Dubai before fading away in the third against the eventual winner.
Andy Murray also faces a tricky second round encounter when he takes on Lukas Rosol for the first time, the man who famously stunned SW 19 in 2012 by defeating Rafa Nadal in 5 sets. The next 3 weeks with back to back Masters events will test Murray physically after his time away from the game following back surgery.
Four times Indian Wells champion Roger Federer looks to continue his vastly improved form this season when he takes on Paul-Henri Mathieu, a man he has beaten on 6 previous occasions.
The pick of the second round matches features world number 18 Kevin Anderson and former world number 1 and two times Indian Wells champion Lleyton Hewitt.
The effervescent Hewitt remains a crowd favourite the world over and is a winner at Indian Wells in 2002 and 2003. Despite his age Hewitt continues to make life difficult on Tour for the top players as Roger Federer found out in the Brisbane when he lost in the final. It was Hewitt’s 29th Tour title and first since he defeated the same opponent to lift the 2010 title in Halle .
The big serving South African is in good form coming into the event having reached the final at Delray and Mexico however he will have to be at his best if he wishes to advance into the third round.
Today also sees the return to action of the Australian Open champion, Stan Wawrinka when he faces Ivo Karlovic. The last time the pair met was at the 2013 US Open a result that went in favour of the Swiss over 3 sets.