Smash Hits: Our running blog from the pro-celeb scene at Desert Smash

by: Ed McGrogan | March 06, 2018

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LA QUINTA, Calif.—Lights, camera, action! The sun is shining, the photographers are snapping, and the celebrity-soaked bustle of Desert Smash is about to begin. 

Watch the live stream from Southern California on the homepage and on Baseline, starting at 5 p.m. ET. And be sure to follow this page throughout the day for the latest photos, videos and updates from Desert Smash. It's the next best thing to being at La Quinta Resort—the nexus of celebrity, charity and tennis, and the kickoff to Indian Wells.In the day's final match, Hyeon Chung defeated Sam Querrey—giving Team Desert the overall victory, and sending Desert Smash off on a memorable note. You can watch the replay of Desert Smash any time on Baseline.

Welcome back to the desert, Serena Williams:

U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier was in the house, alongside Davis Cup veterans Bob and Mike Bryan, and Sam Querrey:

Lisa Leslie's outfit was a perfect match for the colorful scene:

The beats, from Beats by Dre, were flowing throughout Desert Smash:

A Tesla and tonic, please.

Luis Guizman, of Boogie Nights fame (among hundreds of other TV and film appearances):

Ken Solomon, the president of Tennis Channel, kicks off Desert Smash in style:

The main attraction, the host of Desert Smash, the greatest of all time: Serena Williams continues to rack up titles, and continues to pack the house:

We begin with doubles, featuring Sam Querrey, Hyeon Chung and the Bryan brothers. But it was Querrey, rather than his famous doubles compatriots, who found himself in the spotlight early on. Celebrity is part of Desert Smash, but charity is paramount. And with this ace, Querrey just secured a $1,000 donation:

Center court at La Quinta, where action is underway:

J.B. Smoove is in the building:

The inviting entry to Desert Smash, with the red carpet just a drop volley away:

It's not just Lisa Leslie catching up with the celebs in attendance on the red carpet. Omar Miller, of Ballers and 8 Mile fame, held the mic for fellow actor Boris Kodjoe:

The mountains framing the La Quinta Resort provide a wondrous backdrop to tennis. The sights inside the iconic venue aren't too shabby, either:

Hey, Vika! Victoria Azarenka, who will be playing Indian Wells with Serena in just a few days, spoke with Lisa Leslie about Desert Smash and her forthcoming return to the tour:

Jim Courier, a two-time champion down the road at Indian Wells (in 1991 and 1993), caught up with Lisa Leslie:

Comedian Wanda Sykes does her best Rockettes impression in clearing the net:

On the red carpet, Lisa Leslie chats with actress Skye Marshall:

Colton Haynes returns to Desert Smash and preps for his match with Serena Williams with a little Tennacity warm-up:

Lisa Leslie, one of basketball's all-time greats and a four-time Olympic gold medalist, will be hosting the live stream. Here's what she had to say as Desert Smash draws closer:

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