From Sharapova solid victory over Wozniacki …

to Rafa’s unexpected triumph

All Indian Wells 2013 posts:
Who will win Indian Wells 2013?
Men’s recap part 1: opening rounds
Men’s recap part 2: 4th round and quarterfinals
Men’s recap part 3: Rafa beats Del Potro

The WTA will honor four decades of growth and achievements throughout 2013 with a season-long integrated marketing campaign named 40 LOVE, which was launched this week in Indian Wells.

The WTA will honor historic milestones, headlined by a celebration of women’s tennis and the champions of the WTA at an event that will include the gathering of former World No.1s in London.
The WTA also launched a new, special anniversary 40 LOVE logo to celebrate four decades of women’s tennis.

Li Na and Maria Sharapova secure their spot in the semifinals with victories over Agnieszka Radwanska and Elena Makarova.

Nicolas Almagro leads by two sets to love, serves three times for the match, but falls to David Ferrer in 5 sets. Nerves anyone?
Disappointing performance by Tomas Berdych who loses to gluten-free Djokovic in 4 sets.

Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na qualifies for the quarterfinals.
5th seed Angelique Kerber loses to Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets. Her next opponent: Maria Sharapova who dispatched Kirstens Flipkens 6-1 6-0.

On the men’s side, David Ferrer schools Kei Nishikori and will meet fellow countryman Nicolas Almagro in the quarters. Berdych beats Kevin Anderson.

Stanislas Wawrinka leads 6-1 5-2, serves to lead 2 sets to love, and then is a break up in the fifth set but Djokovic recovers to win 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 12-10 in about 5 hours. But of course he’ll be up and running in the next round, we all know his secret: his gluten-free (sarcasm on).

Day 8 matches to follow:
Caroline Wozniacki-Svetlana Kuznetsova
Victoria Azarenka-Elena Vesnina
Serena Williams-Maria Kirilenko
Bojana Jovanovski-Sloane Stephens
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga-Richard Gasquet
Milos Raonic-Roger Federer
Jérémy Chardy-Andreas Seppi
Gilles Simon-Andy Murray

Seeds upset: Ekaterina Makarova defeats Marion Bartoli 6-7 6-3 6-4, Kevin Anderson defeats 2009 semifinalist Fernando Verdasco 4-6 6-3 4-6 7-6 6-2.