Here’s a look at the dress Venus Williams will be wearing at the Miami Sony Open. This dress is part of her new Stripe collection by EleVen.

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Indian Wells

Thanks a lot to Cindy for sharing photos and story of her stay at Indian Wells. Read part 1 and part 2.

Here is Sharon Fichman, who had to go through qualifiying to play. She made it to round 2:

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Sharon was playing Sara Errani. Sara won.

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After sitting on the bench seats for a while, we thought we would go to the top of the stadium and use the fence as a backrest. This is the match between Eugenie Bouchard and Peng Shuai.

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Peng Shuai serving:

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Genie Bouchard serving. Genie won. She got to the round of 16 before losing to Halep.

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Kurumi Nara about to serve to Simone Halep. We got great seats in the third row from the court in seats with actual backs thanks to my sister-in-law!

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Halep about to serve to Nara. Halep won. She beat Genie Bouchard in the next round and reached the semifinals.

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Our final match of the day…Jelena Jankovic v. Yvonne Meusburger. Here is Jankovic serving.

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Yvonne Meusberger receiving serve:

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Photos and text by Cindy

Indian Wells day 2

Thanks a lot to Cindy for sharing photos and story of her stay at Indian Wells. Read first part here.

Women’s doubles…Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci against Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sam Stosur. It was a great match which went to a third set.

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The winners…Stosur and Kuznetsova:

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Radek Stepanek waiting for the serve:

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Stepanek was playing Istomin. Stepanek won:

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Here is the coin toss in the match between Peter Polansky and Juan Monaco.

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Last match we saw was on the beautiful new Stadium 2. We were up high but look how well we could see. The match was Casey Dellacqua and Ash Barty v. Sabine Lisicki and Martina Hingis:

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Sabine Lisicki and Martina Hingis:

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Dellacqua and Barty. They won in three sets.

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More Indian Wells pics:

Escudé, Gasquet, Tsonga

Thanks a lot to Cindy for sharing photos and story of her stay at Indian Wells:

I went to the Indian Wells tournament with my sister-in-law. We had General Admission tickets for the first three days, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We saw lots of players and some really good tennis.

An overview of part of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden taken from the top of Stadium 3. You are looking at Stadium 1 and the one shady place on the whole site…the treed lawn.

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We spent all of our first day watching the practise courts. You can see how close you can get to the players! Here is Feliciano Lopez.

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Fernando Verdasco, who was practising with Feliciano Lopez.

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Flavia Pennetta:

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Pennetta was practising with Sara Errani:

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Tommy Haas:

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Haas was practising with Grigor Dimitrov:

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Petra Kvitova:

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And here is Roger Federer! We had to sit in the adjacent practice court to see him! He gets a crowd! We had hoped to see Roger and Wawrinka play doubles but would have had to get to the stadium a couple of hours earlier.

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Stefan Edberg, now Roger Federer’s coach:

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Eugenie Bouchard:

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Vasek Pospisil was practising with Feliciano Lopez in the afternoon.

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Here are Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga having a rest in their practise:

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Stan Wawrinka:

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Andy Murray was practising with Wawrinka:

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Photos and text by Cindy

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Indian Wells

Article by Vincent Cognet for L’Equipe, translated by Tennis Buzz.

Moved from La Quinta to Indian Wells in 1987, the first Masters 1000 of the season settled definitely at the Tennis Garden in March 2000. The cost rose to $ 77 million. But the tournament really took a decisive course when Larry Ellison bought it in 2009.

According to Forbes magazine the fortune of the septuagenarian, who just won the America’s Cup with Oracle, weighs a whopping $ 43 billion, which would make him the fifth richest man in the world .
Ellison has at once the space, money and ambition to realize his dream of competing with the Grand Slams and clearly establish his toy as the fifth tournament on the circuit .

Two examples suffice to give an idea of the phenomenon:
– 9 courts are now equipped with the Hawk Eye at Indian Wells Tennis Garden (against four at Wimbledon for example).
– the brand new stadium 2 (built in 10 months and 10 days for an estimated cost of more than $ 70 million) proudly announces a capacity of 8000 seats.
Taken together, the three main courts and stadium can accommodate 30,300 spectators.
To do the job properly, Ellison has also built 3 more restaurants. Officially, nothing specific is planned for 2015. But it would be extremely surprising that it stays that way.

Photo by Aitor Agirregabiria