2015 BNP Paribas Open TV and live stream schedule, as well as Tuesday’s order of play are now available, as the women’s draw gets underway with an all-American showdown between Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens. This exciting women’s singles (Round of 16) match is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT/2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT) and it will be broadcast live on Tennis Channel (TV schedule) and streaming online courtesy of ESPN3 (free live stream).
Serena Williams finds her groove after slow start: As reported by ESPNW on March 16, the world’s No.1 has done a great job of showing tennis fans at Indian Wells exactly what they’ve been missing during her 14-year boycott. After a rather pedestrian start versus unseeded Monica Niculescu (7-5, 7-5), Serena put the women’s draw on notice, easily dispatching 28th seeded Kazakhstani, Zarina Diyas (6-2, 6-0) and in straight sets.
Serena Williams vs. Sloane Stephens Rivalry: As much as an ESPN report tries to portray the matchup between Serena and Stephens as a “non-rivalry,” the truth is that tennis fans love the drama these two have created over the years. As they prepare to face each other for the first time in almost two years, there’s certainly a buzz around the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for this one.
Serena Williams vs. Sloane Stephens H2H: Williams comes in with a 2-1 lead in their overall head-to-head series. And while Serena did not drop a set in her two victories, everyone seems to remember Stephens stunning win at the 2013 Australian Open (3-6, 7-5, 6-4). The last time they met was during the 2013 U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows, where Williams prevailed by a final score of 6-4, 6-1.
Serena Williams vs. Sloane Stephens betting odds: Mirroring the sentiment of the aforementioned ESPN “non-rivalry” report, tennis oddsmakers don’t foresee Stephens as a legitimate threat to Serena’s throne. In fact, 2015 BNP Paribas Open betting odds list Williams as a huge -1000 favorite over Stephens, whose underdog value in this match equals +650.
2015 BNP Paribas Open live stream & TV schedule: As stated above, this fourth-round battle gets underway approximately at 4 p.m. following the conclusion of the men’s singles match between Steve Johnson and Tomas Berdych. Television viewers can tune to Tennis Channel (DirecTV-217) at 4 p.m. ET, while online users can stream all the action live and free courtesy of ESPN3 (online) at the same TV start time.