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• Touchdown or title? It’s all the same for Victoria Azarenka, who celebrated her fourth title of the year in Indian Wells as though she just scored the game-winner. She even topped it off with The Dougie.
• Interesting stuff from Darren Cahill on Caroline Wozniacki’s mental state these days. “I think she’s feeling more pressure now that [sic] she’s ever felt,” Cahill said. “I think she’s going through the toughest period she’s probably going to go through because as tough as it is to not listen to what everybody is talking about you and not read the press, she’s been doing it and she’s been trying to take her game to the next level by developing weapons, and she’s gone away in my opinion from what’s made her the No. 1 player, and that incredible defensive game.”
• Alisa Kleybanova won her first round match on Tuesday, coming back from a set down to beat Johanna Larsson 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. She saved 14 of 16 break points. Incredible fighting spirit, this kid.
• Paging Stacey Allaster: Azarenka showed off her brand new iPhone to the media after her win at the BNP Paribas Open and she’s been posting pictures via the popular iPhone app “Instagram” non-stop on Twitter. That wouldn’t be a problem except the WTA Tour is sponsored by Sony XPERIA, a rival smart phone brand. Let’s hope those Sony brand reps don’t catch wind of it soon.
• If Larry Ellison gets his way, within the next five years The BNP Paribas Open will draw 500,000 fans per year. That’s more than Wimbledon or Roland Garros. “Parking is the first frontier to adding capacity. But [tournament director Steve] Simon is quick to point out that if they do expand capacity at the site, they also want to improve the infrastructure to best accommodate the growing numbers. ‘We’re going to do it the right way,’ Simon said. ‘We want to add the parking so we have the ability to have 40,000 people here, but not if the infrastructure can’t sustain it and not if it erodes the environment.’ The BNP Paribas Open set an attendance record even before Sunday’s singles finals were played. In 13 years, the attendance has gone from 187,000 in its debut year in 2000 to the 370,406 this year.”
• A beautiful tennis-based photo shoot in Elle Italia.
• Non-tennis: Fun (but long) read on a man who took three Atlantic City casinos for $15 million in blackjack. And no, he wasn’t counting cards.