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Daily Bagel: Petra Kvitova learns to roll sushi at Nobu in Indian Wells

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• Video: Petra Kvitova gets a lesson on how to roll sushi from the chefs at Nobu located in Stadium 2 at Indian Wells.

• Steve Tignor provides some insight on defending champion Maria Sharapova's loss to Camila Giorgi at the BNP Paribas Open.

Sharapova’s coach, Sven Groeneveld, seemed to understand the issue when he came out to talk to her on a couple of changeovers. “Lower your center of gravity,” he told her over and over. It worked for a while in the second set, but there was no advice anyone could give that would have helped Maria today. She finished with 16 winners and 58 unforced errors, a stat-line that normally wouldn't get you anywhere close to a victory.

Yet she nearly pulled it out. That's because [Camila] Giorgi, Mini-Me to the end, was almost as bad in the stat department. She hit 24 winners and committed 48 errors. Groeneveld told Sharapova, "remember who you're playing" -- in other words, remember that Giorgi will miss. It almost worked.

“I didn’t play a good match at all,” Sharapova said, “and I started very poorly. Never played against her, but she’s someone that doesn’t give you much rhythm. Some shots she hits incredible for a long period of time. Sometimes they go off a bit."

• And this photo perfectly encapsulates Sharapova's loss.

• An infographic in this week's issue of Tennis Tuesday lets you decide if Grigor Dimitrov is living up to the "Baby Fed" nickname.

• Former WNBA star Lisa Leslie takes on a new role as a commentator for Tennis Channel at Indian Wells.

Simona Halep on @TennisChannel set with @justingimelstob and Lisa Leslie after reach QF @BNPPARIBASOPEN #wta pic.twitter.com/deilhAGNEF

— Kevin Fischer (@Kfish_WTA) March 11, 2014

• Marin Cilic became the first ATP player to win 20 matches this season after his victory over Tommy Robredo in the third round.

• Non tennis: Case Keenum, quarterback of the Houston Texans, thinks Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury should be the next Bachelor.
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