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No surprises at Paribas Open as top players roll over opponents

No surprises at Paribas Open as top players roll over opponents

There is often a Groundhog Day feel to the early rounds of a major tennis tournament, and there is no question that this BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells is major in all ways other than an official designation from the sport. Sunday, there were three superstars on the menu, all playing in the massive, and packed, 16,100-seat stadium. Serena Williams took the court at mid-afternoon, followed by Roger Federer, and, after a break to usher out the day crowd and welcome in the evening's new revenue stream, Rafael Nadal was on. Williams beat a 21-year-old from Kazakhstan, Zarina Diyas. It was Serena over Zarina, 6-2, 6-0. Diyas had just slightly more of a chance to pull off an upset...

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