The winner, defending champion
Pennetta, an Italian seeded 15th, had lost the first set of her eventual 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory and began to cry while walking off the court between games. Then, she left the court after the set and was seen, and heard, sobbing and screaming and appearing to be totally out of control in the tunnel just off the court.
After that, she somehow gathered herself, returned and hit Sharapova off the court.
"There were just a lot of emotions in one night," Pennetta said. "Sometimes women have these moments, so I was just trying to handle it."
Pennetta was clear that something just sneaked up on her and overwhelmed her, but she was unable to explain the specifics.
"Was not winning or losing," she said. "I mean, I didn't expect [it]. It's just coming in one point. I think there were a lot of things coming in one night and it is just coming out."
Asked if everything was OK with her life, she said, "Si, si. I am very happy."
Sharapova, asked if Pennetta's incident had distracted her, said she hadn't even noticed it.
"That's news to me," Sharapova said.
In another women's match, unheralded Swiss player
Bacsinszky has come out of nowhere. She is 25, was ranked 285th in 2013 and 48th last year.
"I can't believe I win 15 matches in a row," said Bacsinszky, who won a tournament last week at Monterrey, Mexico. "I was looking at the stats of
In men's singles, No. 2 Federer and No. 3
Federer is seeking his fifth Indian Wells title. No other man has won four.
Steve Johnson, like Young a rising U.S. player, ran into ninth-seeded
Sock will next play Federer, whom he says he admires and with whom he has friendly chats in the locker room. "I think he's a walking legend," Sock said.