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Semifinal Awards: Rybakina’s Masterclass Over Swiatek, Alcaraz and Medvedev Shine
3 Min Read · March 18, 2023

With semifinal action at the BNP Paribas Open complete and the the men’s and women’s finals set, we took a look back at some of the standout performances from Friday and Saturday. Check em out! ⬇️


Most Dramatic Set

🏅 [5] Daniil Medvedev d. [14] Frances Tiafoe, 7-5, 7-6(4) — Second Set 

Seven match points were saved by Tiafoe, who was rushing the net with a reckless abandon. There were four breaks of serve, tons of crazy points, and the energy of the crowd in Stadium 1 was peaking.

Most Fashionable Fan

🏅The Leprechaun Below

Gotta give it to this fan who was in the spirit on St. Patrick’s day.

Statement Match

🏅 [10] Elena Rybakina d. [1] Iga Swiatek – 6-2, 6-2

Backing up a 6-4, 6-4 upset of the World No.1 at the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-2 takedown at Indian Wells? We’re all paying attention now, Elena Rybakina…

Most Electrifying Forehand

🏅Jannik Sinner 

Watch the Italian hit the century mark with this inside out rope.

Biggest Crowd Pleaser

🏅 Frances Tiafoe

Tiafoe didn’t get the win but he took the decibel level in Stadium 1 through the roof with this amazing point to begin the second-set tiebreaker with Daniil Medvedev on Saturday.

Best Celebrity Sighting

🏅 Pink 

Always nice to have some pop royalty in the house.

Most Insane lob (and point)

You never know when lightning might strike with this talented young phenom, but you always know it will…

🏅 Carlos Alcaraz

Quote of the Semis

🏅 Elena Rybakina

Elena Rybakina is riding a busload of confidence into Sunday’s final with Aryna Sabalenka.

“When I play like this good and everything goes in – because today some moments I played, I would say, on my highest level – there are moments where you can feel, ‘Okay, I can beat anyone if I always play like this.'”


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