Daily Bagel: Justin Bieber hangs with another WTA star in Indian Wells

Thursday March 12th, 2015

The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Results from Indian Wells: Sloane Stephens won her first round match 7-5, 7-5 over Chanelle Scheepers and will play Angelique Kerber next. Monica Niculescu defeated Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-1 to earn the noble task of facing Serena Williams on Friday night. Donna Vekic, Irina Falconi and Alison Riske also won.

• Great read here from Doug Robson for NBC Sports, on Serena's decision to return to Indian Wells: 

Serena is taking the same attitude to Indian Wells. Her return is a smash-mouth assertion of independence and individuality, now encompassing her closest and dearest. This is Serena proclaiming—not to the media, not to fans, not to sponsors—but to her family: I am my own person. I am an adult. I make my own decisions. Deal with it.

• Howard Bryant for espnW has some details about how the Serena Williams/Indian Wells deal got done. Interesting tidbit: According to sources, no one reached out to Venus come back.

• Andy Murray has appointed Jonas Bjorkman as his second coach alongside current coach Amelie Mauresmo. 

• From Ben Rothenberg for The New York Times on Sascha Bajin's switch from Serena's longtime hitting partner to Victoria Azarenka's.

• That's some good air, Roger:

• Follow SI_Tennis on Instagram for boots-on-the-ground pics around Indian Wells. 

• More Bieber news: After Eugenie Bouchard played doubles with her celebrity crush, Caroline Wozniacki and Justin Bieber hung out in Indian Wells. 


• A good interview with James Blake here and another great story on Blake here on SI.com, who is still very much interested in helping with USTA Player Development. 

• Great photo of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by tournament photographer Billie Weiss:


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