Rooting for our respective favorite tennis players at the BNP Paribas Open reminded me once again that my fellow Rancho Mirage blogger Potter Palma and I don’t always see eye to eye on everything. I’m a feel-it-in-your-gut kind of gal and cheer on the player who catches my fancy. He, on the other hand, always seems to root for the American in the game—which of course doesn’t quite work when there aren’t Americans IN the game! www.bnpparibasopen.com
The men’s final was a great match between come-from-behind American John Isner—who beat world number-one player Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals—and Swiss star Roger Federer. Sadly, Potter’s player didn’t quite pan out and Federer took the game in straight sets, giving him a record four Indian Wells’ championships.
The ladies final was also a magnificent match with the number-one and number-two world players competing. This time Potter’s pick, #1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus blew past #2 Maria Sharapova from Russia to take the title.
I’m a big fan of the doubles matches. Potter, not so much. Dare I say it? He hung out at the bar! Different strokes… I was sad to see our American men, Isner and partner Sam Querey, be defeated by Nadal and Marc Lopez. But our American women, Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, bought it back by overtaking Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina for the doubles prize.
Speaking of prizes, the men’s and women’s winners were each awarded a cool million, while the doubles winners made out with $241K apiece. Not a bad haul. The tourney was plagued with some bad weather and a stomach flu that attacked many players at the start of the week, but all in all, it was a great event in the Palm Springs Valley, and Potter and I had a ball. Won’t you join us for the competition next year?