Indian Wells ended with the GOAT Roger Federer winning his fifth trophy at the BNP Paribas Open by defeating Stan Wawrinka, however at the ladies side of things there was a new champion crowned; in my opinion a fresh change to the mix.
Elena Vesnina defeated her fellow countrywoman Kuznetsova 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-4 on to win and make a name for herself as a top athlete of the sport, winning her 3rd singles title; mostly renowned to be a double tennis sensation.
This is the first time Vesnina advanced beyond the third round in a singles competition and beat top pedigrees of the sport Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams to fittingly win in the final; a well deserved victory at last. The match was well poised with Kuznetsova leading 4-2 in the third before Vesnina came to the party breaking her twice and claiming the final four games of the match with high tempo. Kuznetsova won the first set in a tiebreaker; Vesnina had 46 winners but 49 unforced errors but played aggressively and won 24 out of 32 points while going at the net.
This was the second all Russian match the first one was played between Maria Sharapova and Dementieva. This one came after a number of years and can be said as a career rejuvenating or break through for Elena, a late bloomer in the world of tennis at the age of 31. Kuznetsova made some harsh errors and double faulted and while she did take her serve 4-1, the set began to slip away and Vesnina’s back hand winner down the line broke serve.
Vesnina said while talking to media that she was playing quite freely and I saw my opponent getting a little tired so I pounced on that opportunity. The courts In Indian Wells are well constructed for more info on tennis court construction contact Talbot Tennis. Moreover, She played in an aggressive manner with a little pep talk from her father and coach on the side.
The match went on for around 3 hours, no way being a one sided match, Vesnina showed a champions mentality and after being broker 7 times still held together her serve to win the match after 13 years on the ATP tour. Vesnina was all praise for her opponent saying that she won against an outstanding player. It was well fought out, emotional, aggressive, high tempo match, one that would make every tennis player proud.