Tomas Berdych, the No. 6 seed, gave the sun-baked Stadium Court crowd some tennis to watch at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday by beating Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-4, in a typically hard-hitting encounter, but the women didn't show.
On a sad day for the tournament and the WTA, first Samantha Stosur and then Viktoria Azarenka had to default their quarterfinal matches through injury. Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champion from Australia, had been due to play Germany's Angelique Kerber but pulled out with a calf injury, while Azarenka had expected to play the No. 8 seed from Denmark, Caroline Wozniacki.
As defending champion, Azarenka was particularly upset at not being able to take the court. "I'm extremely disappointed," she said. "I feel I'm playing really well right now and was so excited to be playing here. I love this tournament."
Azarenka had an MRI the day before that revealed inflammation around the right ankle. "I tested it out as much as...