INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Keep the ball in the court. It sounds like the simplest approach possible to the game of tennis. But when the wind is swirling and gusting as it has been this week at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden there's nothing simple about it.
Caroline Wozniacki, who won last year's BNP Paribas Open, said when she practiced Tuesday evening "it was like a hurricane, it was so windy and cold." The weather hadn't changed much Wednesday, when the 12-day, $11 million event got under way with 16 women's singles matches.
Wozniacki, No. 4 in the world, didn't have to play one of those matches. She was one of the 32 seeded players who got first-round byes. So she could sit and watch, and empathize with those who did.