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2012 BNP Paribas Open – Indian Wells, California

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Our very own Toni Headley is picking the current number one ranked player in the world Victoria Azarenka (pictured above) to stay hot and take home the title at Indian Wells.

By Toni Headley

Toni Headley is a tennis expert who worked at ESPN for 10 years and has been a freelance writer there for the past 2 years.  She also previously worked at CBS Sports and has covered every major tennis tournament in the world multiple times.

Tournament Preview:

As the biggest and brightest stars descend on the picturesque town of Indian Wells, California for the BNP Paribas Open, I am excited to see how newly minted #1 Victoria Azarenka will fare in her first big test since winning her maiden Grand Slam title in Australia.  Also, can Novak Djokovic maintain his dominant form that carried him to his fifth Grand Slam title in Australia and defend his title here in the desert?

Will the weight of being the #1 player in the world finally get to Azarenka? It certainly has not so far. After winning the Australian Open and becoming the #1 ranked player, Azarenka continued her dominance by winning her next tournament in Doha. She is currently riding a 17 match winning streak. Azarenka has had a sizzling start to the year winning three titles which includes her first Grand Slam. Let’s see if Azarenka can win here for the first time, and continue her dominance on the women’s tour. Continue reading

Marion Bartoli – An Opportunity Missed

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Wouldn't it be a shame if current world #7 Marion Bartoli (pictured above) had to miss the 2012 Olympic Games due to her ongoing conflict with the French Tennis Federation?

By Toni Headley

Toni Headley is a tennis expert who worked at ESPN for 10 years and has been a freelance writer there for the past 2 years.  She also previously worked at CBS Sports and has covered every major tennis tournament in the world multiple times.

Marion Bartoli will most likely miss the 2012 Olympics due to her ongoing feud with the French Tennis Federation. The current tussle stems from Miss Bartoli’s refusal to be coached by the Federation coaches and insistance that her father coaches her during Fed Cup and Olympic competitions. Miss Bartoli was hoping for an exemption from the ITF, but it seems unlikely that she will receive one. Miss Bartoli’s unwillingness to work with the federation and participate in Fed Cup competition throughout the year has deemed her ineligible to compete in the upcoming Olympics. While I am all for a player’s individual rights to choose her coaches, trainers and hitting partners, I will have to disagree with Miss Bartoli in this instance. Continue reading