Indian Wells Day 4 Preview

Talented American teenager Madison Keys takes on Samantha Stosur in the second round at Indian Wells on Saturday.

Published March 08, 2013 11:59

Indian Wells Day 4 Preview
Madison Keys

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Samantha Stosur, Ana Ivanovic and defending champion Victoria Azarenka are all in action as the second round at the BNP Paribas Open draws to a close on Saturday.

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Saturday, Second Round

Stadium 1
[7] Samantha Stosur (AUS #9) vs. [WC] Madison Keys (USA #77)
first meeting
Eighteen-year-old Madison Keys caused more than a few people to sit up and take notice with her performances at the start of the year. Particularly impressive was her losing effort against Li Na in Sydney, where Keys showed she has more than enough to run with the WTA's top dogs.

Now she has the opportunity to prove this was no flash in the pan when she takes on Top 10 stalwart Samantha Stosur. Despite her status as a former US Open champion and one of the game's most consistent hardcourt performers, Stosur has underperformed at Indian Wells in the past; in eight previous visits she has been beyond the third round just once, and will know that Keys is more than capable of extending this barren run.

[1] Victoria Azarenka (BLR #2) vs. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK #73)
Hantuchova leads 2-1
Just like 12 months ago, Victoria Azarenka arrives stateside unbeaten for the year and as the woman to beat on tour. And after her imperious performance last month in Doha, the Belarusian will fully expect to leave southern California in seven days time with the title once again tucked under her arm.

Azarenka is one of six players in the draw to have triumphed at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. In the second round she has been paired with one of the others: Daniela Hantuchova. While Hantuchova has struggled to find her best tennis of late - in January she dropped out of the Top 50 for the first time since 2004 - and starts as a heavy underdog, she can draw comfort from two career wins over Top 2 players, not to mention two over Azarenka.

Stadium 2
[11] Ana Ivanovic (SRB #13) vs. [WC] Taylor Townsend (USA #471)
first meeting
At just 16 years old, Taylor Townsend is the youngest player in the draw this fortnight. However, despite her tender years, the American certainly knows how to win; she was the ITF's year-end junior No.1 and won both the Australian Open and Easter Bowl last year.

On Thursday, she proved she could transfer this winning formula to the professional ranks when she fought back to take out World No.57 Lucie Hradecka. In the second round, the steep learning curve continues as she takes on former World No.1 and 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic. At this stage of their respective careers, Ivanovic should have too much for the teenager, who, while talented, has won just a handful of matches at senior level and is yet to play anyone inside the Top 50.

Also on court...
Sloane Stephens gets her campaign underway against Urszula Radwanska, while 2011 champion Caroline Wozniacki faces Alizé Cornet and Angelique Kerber meets Irina-Camelia Begu.

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