A highly intriguing third round contest is scheduled to take place between Serbian No. 2 Ana Ivanovic and young American Sloane Stephens. This is the third time they meet on the professional tour, having clashed twice during the third round of the US Open in 2011-2012. The Ivanovic vs Stephens head-to-head stands at 2-0, with the Serb having won both those match-ups in relatively comfortable fashion.
Defending champion Maria Sharapova is back at the BNP Paribas Open, where she will look to defend the title she won at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens last year. The fourth seed will begin her campaign against Julia Goerges, as she will look to extend her undefeated streak as the Sharapova vs Goerges Head to Head stands at 3-0.
Russian Maria Sharapova once again made headlines for her spat with Serena Williams. When asked to explain the reasons behind her comments towards the World no. 1, Sharapova stated candidly that while she has the sincerest respect for the American's on-court ability and accomplishments, matters are not quite so simple off court.
A highly intriguing fourth round match0up is scheduled to take place between Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens. This is just the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with the American leading the head-to-head series 2-1.
A third round match-up between two of the top German competitors in Sabine Lisicki and Andrea Petkovic is scheduled to take place at the Family Circle Cup on Thursday afternoon. This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the WTA tour.
Arguably the most intriguing match taking place in the BNP Paribas Masters tomorrow is the final match on Court Central between World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and up-and-comer Jerzy Janowicz. This is the second time they meet on the tour, with the first being in the Montreal Masters, where the Spaniard won a competitive but short contest.
Two-time champion Novak Djokovic is through to the quarter-final of the BNP Paribas Open, where he will now meet world No. 65 Julien Benneteau for the seventh time on the ATP World Tour. The Djokovic vs Benneteau Head to Head stands at 5-1.
Former world No. 4 Jelena Dokic lost to Jarmila Gajdosova, 6-2, 6-4, in the Australian Open wildcard playoff yesterday, and while she may be disappointed with the loss, she is certainly not disappointed with her overall performance this week. The 2009 Australian Open quarter-finalist has been sidelined since 2012 dealing with a serious wrist injury and was attempting a comeback in time for the Australian Open in January.
Top seed Rafael Nadal made quick work of his 17-year-old opponent, Thanasi Kokkinakis, defeating the Australian favourite 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the third round in Melbourne. The Spaniard will next face swashbuckling Frenchman Gael Monfils. The Nadal vs Monfils Head to Head stands at 9-2.