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• Video: Petra Kvitova gets a lesson on how to roll sushi from the chefs at Nobu located in Stadium 2 at Indian Wells.
• Steve Tignor provides some insight on defending champion Maria Sharapova’s loss to Camila Giorgi at the BNP Paribas Open.
Sharapova’s coach, Sven Groeneveld, seemed to understand the issue when he came out to talk to her on a couple of changeovers. “Lower your center of gravity,” he told her over and over. It worked for a while in the second set, but there was no advice anyone could give that would have helped Maria today. She finished with 16 winners and 58 unforced errors, a stat-line that normally wouldn’t get you anywhere close to a victory.
Yet she nearly pulled it out. That’s because [Camila] Giorgi, Mini-Me to the end, was almost as bad in the stat department. She hit 24 winners and committed 48 errors. Groeneveld told Sharapova, “remember who you’re playing” — in other words, remember that Giorgi will miss. It almost worked.
“I didn’t play a good match at all,” Sharapova said, “and I started very poorly. Never played against her, but she’s someone that doesn’t give you much rhythm. Some shots she hits incredible for a long period of time. Sometimes they go off a bit.”