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2013 BNP Paribas Open - TV Schedule & Predictions

posted Mar 1, 2013, 2:02 PM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Mar 5, 2013, 12:06 AM ]

This page has predictions and TV schedule for 2013 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. This is one of the biggest tennis events outside of the four grand slams. The defending champions are Roger Federer (men) and Victoria Azarenka (women). The 2013 BNP Paribas Open is scheduled for March 4-17 in Indian Wells, California.

TV Schedule

*Subject to change

Friday March 8 - Round 1 & 2
LIVE - Tennis Channel (2 PM ET)

Saturday March 9 - Round 2
LIVE - Tennis Channel (2 PM ET)

Sunday March 10 - Round 2 & 3
LIVE - Tennis Channel (2 PM ET)

Monday March 11 - Round 3
LIVE - Tennis Channel (2 PM ET)

Tuesday March 12 - R3 and R16
LIVE - Tennis Channel (2 PM ET)

Wednesday March 13 - Round of 16 and Quarterfinals
LIVE - Tennis Channel (2 PM ET)

Thursday March 14 - Quarterfinals
LIVE - Tennis Channel (2 PM ET & 10 PM ET)

Friday March 15 - Men's Quarterfinals and Women's Semifinals
Coverage 1 - ESPN2 (4:30 PM ET & 11:30 PM ET)
Coverage 2 - Tennis Channel (6:30 PM ET & 9:30 PM ET)

Saturday March 16 - Men's Semifinals and Doubles
Men's Semifinals - ESPNEWS (3 PM ET & 5 PM ET)
Men's Doubles Final - Tennis Channel (8:30 PM ET)

Sunday March 17 - Men's & Women's Finals
Women's Championship - ESPN2 (3 PM ET)
Men's Championship - ESPN2 (5 PM ET)

Predictions

1) Women's Winner: Victoria Azarenka. While Serena Williams is the best player in the women's game, Azarenka is clearly the best hard court player. Her record on hard courts the last two years has been terrific. The world no. 2 player's return game is first-class and her movement is surprisingly effective. I believe the Australian Open victory was important for her (sometimes) fragile psyche as it relaxed her. Regardless of how she does for the rest of the year, she is still a grand slam champion; there is great confidence that goes with it. It also helps that Azarenka's main rivals (Williams and Sharapova) are either not playing well or struggling with injuries. I just don't see anyone else with the power and consistency to beat the Belarusan.

2) Women's Top Favorites: 1. Victoria Azarenka | 2. Serena Williams (Injuries and fitness are the big wild cards) | 3. Petra Kvitova (Possesses a powerful game but is plagued by inconsistency; you don't know what to expect of her) | 4. Li Na (A dangerous floater capable of beating any of the top players, but can she go all the way?) | 5. Maria Sharapova (Has struggled against top-tier players but could win if given an easy draw) | Dark horse: Nadia Petrova (Her big serve and ground strokes make her a difficult opponent to play).

3) Men's Winner: Novak Djokovic. The top ranked player is on such a roll right now that it is hard to not pick him to win this tournament. Like Azarenka on the women's side, Djokovic is at his best on hard courts. In fact, the lion share of his titles in recent years are on hard courts. It is also significant that he is peaking at a time when his chief rivals (Federer and Nadal) are at the tail end of their careers. The only player with a chance to beat Djokovic is Andy Murray, but I just don't see the Scot has what it takes to stop the Serbian from winning this title.

4) Men's Top Favorites: 1. Novak Djokovic | 2. Andy Murray (A terrific hard-court player but has not played since Australian Open) | 3. Roger Federer (Defending champion who is still very capable of winning) | 4. Juan Martín del Potro (Has the game to win but is plagued by inconsistency) | 5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Can he put together a good tournament from start to finish?) | Dark horse: Kei Nishikori (Solid ground strokes and excellent movement, but injuries are a problem).


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