2007 News Stories
Pacific Life Open Receives Telly Award - The Pacific Life Open, along with Oliphant Productions, has received a Bronze Telly Award for its marketing video.
Nadal Celebrates First Pacific Life Open Title - World No. 2 Rafael Nadal captured his first career title at the Pacific Life Open and his first title since last June's Roland Garros by defeating Serbian teen Novak Djokovic 6-2, 7-5 Sunday afternoon in the youngest final in Indian Wells tournament history.
Raymond & Stosur, Damm & Paes Win Doubles Titles - The top-ranked women's tandem of Lisa Raymond and Samanatha Stosur defended their Pacific Life Open doubles title Sunday afternoon in Indian Wells, defeating Taiwan's Chan Yung-Jan and Chuang Chia-Jung 6-3, 7-5.
Nadal Makes Emphatic Return to Final Form - Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick met in a semifinal slated as an all-out battle between two of the ATP's finest players, and the lopsided result Saturday afternoon in Indian Wells accentuated the Spaniard's return to title form.
Hantuchova Wins Second Pacific Life Open Title - Daniela Hantuchova, who rose to prominence five years ago when she won the Pacific Life Open title, reclaimed the glory by defeating second-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4 Saturday in the women's final
Teen Titans to Clash in Semifinals - The next generation of ATP stars loudly pronounced their arrival at the Pacific Life Open, with 19-year-olds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray joining 20-year-old Rafael Nadal among the last four men standing at the year's first ATP Masters Series event.
Hantuchova, Kuznetsova to Vie for Women's Title - Slovak Daniela Hantuchova will attempt to reclaim the Pacific Life Open title when she confronts second-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 2007 women's final Saturday in Indian Wells.
Nadal, Roddick Set Up Blockbuster Semifinal - One ATP semifinal at the 2007 Pacific Life Open is set and will feature a headline clash between Spaniard Rafael Nadal and American Andy Roddick, both whom are chasing their first final appearance in Indian Wells.
Kuznetsova to Meet Surprise Semifinalist Bammer - Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, the No. 2 seed, topped Czech Nicole Vaidisova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a high-quality quarterfinal Thursday to move within two wins of the 2007 Pacific Life Open title.
Murray, Djokovic Avenge 2006 Losses - Teens Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray continued their parallel success on the ATP circuit as the pair of 19-year-old friends clinched quarterfinal berths at the Pacific Life Open within minutes of each other Wednesday afternoon in Indian Wells.
Hantuchova Outlasts Peer to Keep Title Hopes Alive - The only former women's champion remaining in the 2007 Pacific Life Open draw just barely averted a quarterfinal exit Wednesday.
Nadal Steamrolls Ferrero; Roddick to Face Ljubicic - Rafael Nadal wasted no time in booking his place in the Pacific Life Open quarterfinals, turning in a convincing 6-1, 6-1 victory over compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero in 61 minutes Tuesday.
Sharapova Becomes Unhinged in a Day of Upsets - A new day at the 2007 Pacific Life Open produced more upsets as defending champion Maria Sharapova, the No. 1 seed, and third seed Martina Hingis led the exodus of top players Tuesday in fourth round action.
Nadal, Roddick Step Up Title Chase - Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick emphasized their positions as the top contenders to inherit the Pacific Life Open title with straight-sets victories Monday to move onto the fourth round.
Trio of Youngsters Advance to Fourth Round - Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray strengthened their bids to break into the Top 10 with confident victories Monday at the Pacific Life Open, while 20-year-old Richard Gasquet joined the pair in the fourth round with a three-set win over Finn Jarkko Niemenen.
Kuznetsova, Sugiyama to Vie for Quarterfinal Spot - Second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova needed to brush aside a shaky performance in the second set Monday to complete the 6-1, 7-6(4) victory over fellow Russian Elena Likhovtseva at the Pacific Life Open.
Canas Snaps Federer Streak - Argentine Guillermo Canas, who slipped into the main draw as a lucky loser from qualifying, crushed Roger Federer's hopes of winning a fourth consecutive Pacific Life Open title and setting a new Open era-record winning streak with a 7-5, 6-2 victory Sunday.
Safin, Hewitt Follow Federer Out - It was a tough day for current and former World No. 1s at the Pacific Life Open Sunday. In addition to Roger Federer's loss to Guillermo Canas, former No.1s Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt also crashed out.
Rusty Sharapova Reaches Fourth Round - Top seed Maria Sharapova kept her Pacific Life Open title defense on track Sunday with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy.
Roddick, Nadal Make Strong Starts - Second seed Rafael Nadal served 10 aces and saved five of six break points faced in a 6-3, 7-6(3) win over Frenchman Arnaud Clement to reach the third round.
Canas Sets Up Sunday Showdown with Federer - Guillermo Canas cruised into the second round of the Pacific Life Open Saturday with a crushing 6-1, 6-1 win over Czech Jan Hajek.
Kuznetsova, Petrova, Ivanovic Advance - Second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova produced a devastating five-game burst to bust open her second-round match with Romina Oprandi and lay the foundation for a 7-5, 6-3 win at the Pacific Life Open Saturday.
Hingis, Hantuchova Claim Friday Victories - Top seed and defending champion Maria Sharapova survived some testing moments before advancing to the third round of the Pacific Life Open Friday night following a 7-6(5), 6-4 win over Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek.
Guga Bows Out After Having His Chances - Former Pacific Life Open finalist Gustavo Kuerten bowed out on day one of men's action after missing a chance to serve out the first set against Juan Martin del Potro.
King Makes Comeback to Reach 2nd Round - California teenager Vania King toughed out a gutsy three-set win over Ukraine qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko to reach the second round of the Pacific Life Open on Thursday.
Federer Warms Up With Sampras - Roger Federer revealed in his pre-tournament press conference Friday that he had practiced with Pete Sampras in Los Angeles in the lead-up to the Pacific Life Open.
Blake Fires Hole-in-One at La Quinta - James Blake could not have hoped for a better omen heading into the Pacific Life Open. The 2006 finalist pulled off a hole-in-one during a round of golf at Dunes at the La Quinta Resort
Thursday: Sharapova, Hingis Chase Second Desert Title - Top seed and World No. 1 Maria Sharapova hopes to continue her 'progression' at this year's Pacific Life Open as she chases back-to-back titles.
Malisse & Dementieva Forced to Withdraw - Belgian Xavier Malisse has been forced to withdraw from the Pacific Life Open with a right wrist injury. Malisse, the 29th seed, hurt his wrist during his first-round match in Memphis and has not played since.
Federer & Hewitt on Collision Course - World No. 1 Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt - who have shared the past five Pacific Life Open titles - could meet in the fourth round of this year's tournament, following the release of the men's draw.
Federer & Sharapova Headline Fields - The No. 1 ranked men’s and women’s players in the world, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, will return to defend their Pacific Life Open titles March 5-18, 2007 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Global, National and Regional Sponsors Come Together - Canon, aexjet, Palm Desert National Bank and Wolf Blass Wine have signed on as sponsors of the Pacific Life Open, the ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event to be held March 5-18, 2007 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Remaining Women's Wildcards Awarded - Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, a former top ten ranked player on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour (SEWTA), has been awarded a wildcard into the 2007 Pacific Life Open, to be held March 5-18, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Kuerten Among Wild Card Recipients - Gustavo Kuerten, a former World No. 1 and three-time French Open Champion, has been awarded a wildcard into the 2007 Pacific Life Open, to be held March 5-18, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
World No. 10 Jelena Jankovic Added to Women's Field - The No. 10 ranked womens player in the world, Jelena Jankovic, has joined the field at the 2007 Pacific Life Open, to be held March 5-18, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Number One Ranked Players In The World Return To Defend Pacific Life Open Titles - The No. 1 ranked men’s and women’s players in the world, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, will return to defend their Pacific Life Open titles March 5-18, 2007 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Pacific Life Open Pre-Qualifying Tournament Expands The second annual Pacific Life Open Pre-Qualifier, a tournament which will afford the male and female champions the opportunity to participate in the Pacific Life Open Qualifying draw, has expanded and will include a 64-player Challenge Round.
Tournament To Feature Electronic Line Calling And The Player Challenge System - The Pacific Life Open, the fifth most-attended tennis tournament in the world, will feature Electronic Line Calling, along with a player challenge system, during the ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event to be held March 5-18, 2007, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Pacific Life Open Economic Impact Tops $219 Million - The 2006 Pacific Life Open, the ATP Masters Series and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tier I tennis tournament held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden this past March, generated an estimated total gross economic impact on the Coachella Valley regional economy of $219,799,903.