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This Week in Tennis: Moms on a Mission

by Melissa Boyd

March 11, 2024

The action at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California has kicked into high gear as we hit the Round of 16 stage.

Through three rounds, the remaining players in both singles draw are a good mix of current stars and former champions looking for more glory in the twilight of their careers.

In men’s singles, the top four seeds, Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, and Daniil Medvedev remain in title contention as well as Gael Monfils who, at the age of 37, is turning back the clock following an upset wins over Hubert Hurkacz and Cameron Norrie to reach the fourth round. Meanwhile, in-form players Alex de Minaur and Taylor Fritz are also looking strong.

READ: ATP POWER RANKINGS: SINNER LOOKS TO STAY HOT IN INDIAN WELLS

On the WTA side, it’s all about the moms with Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina, and Caroline Wozniacki playing at the top of their games in the California desert. In fact, Kerber and Wozniacki will faceoff for the first time since 2018 in a throwback Round of 16 clash. Meanwhile, it was a pair of great escapes for Coco Gauff and Aryna Sabalenka in their first matches to stay alive. Gauff rallied from 2-5 down in the third set against Cara Burel to win and Sabalenka saved four match points, including three consecutive, to defeat Peyton Stearns.

Follow your favourites in Indian Wells all week on TSN (ATP and WTA), RDS (ATP), and TVA Sports (WTA).

A Puck Drop for Women in Sports

On the heels of International Women’s Day, Montreal’s new professional women’s hockey team celebrated the contributions of four remarkable women to the city’s flourishing sports scene and the barriers they continue tear down prior to their game against Ottawa.

Photo: PWHL Montreal

 Among them was Tennis Canada’s own Valérie Tétreault. The Tournament Director of the National Bank Open presented by Rogers took part in a ceremonial faceoff alongside pioneers Claudine Douville, Annie Larouche, and Chantal Machabée. The inspiring quartet were flanked by Montreal assistant captain Laura Stacey and Ottawa captain Brianne Jenner.

Tennis at the Oscars

Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Ana Ivanovic made appearances at this year’s Oscar after parties in Hollywood. Tennis and glam have always been a great combo!

Feature photo: BNP Paribas Open