Cameron Norrie beat 11th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open and extend the best season of his career.
Norrie needed only 73 minutes to dismantle Schwartzman, who ultimately held the serve to open the second set, drawing applause from the small crowd at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, where attendance was capped well below the capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“For my biggest game of my career playing like I did and performing like I did was the most important thing that I’m most satisfied with,” said Norrie.
No.12 seed Ons Jabeur advanced to the semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Anett Kontaveit, which will place the 27-year-old Tunisian in the world top 10 for the first time. times next week. She should be No.8, but could climb to No.5 by winning the tournament.
“It’s amazing,” Jabeur said. “We have been working hard for years. At the end of last season I said I wanted to be in the top 10. It means a lot, but we’re not going to stop there and hopefully take it further.
Jabeur, a recent Chicago finalist, won his 48th game of the year leading the WTA Tour.
“I’m proving more things and now that I’m in the top 10 I have to be more solid,” she said.
Jabeur beat Kontaveit for the third time in four career meetings. Since his three-set loss to Jabeur in Cincinnati in August, Kontaveit had won 16 of 17 matches, including 14 in straight sets, while also winning two titles.
Angelique Kerber, 2019 finalist and highest seed remaining at No.10, lost to 21st seed Paula Badosa, 6-4, 7-5.
Badosa defeated 15th seed Coco Gauff in three sets and No.3 Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets to face Jabeur in the semi-final on Friday. The other half opposes Victoria Azarenka to Jelena Ostapenko.
“Why not get the title here? Said Jabeur.
Schwartzman got his only break of the game to tie it at 2 in the second. Norrie missed the last four games to advance to a semi-final against 23rd seed Grigor Dimitrov, who beat No.8 Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Schwartzman’s service abandoned him under a cloudless sky. He won 13 of 27 points on his first serve and just 3 of 19 points on his second serve, with four double faults.
Hurkacz lost a set for the first time in the tournament, losing on a drawstring. Dimitrov raised both hands in apology.
Hurkacz trailed 5-2 in the third before winning three straight games to tie it at 5. He held on at 6 to force the tiebreaker. But he looked exhausted by the time, making direct errors on the last three points to lose.
“I was clearly not at my strongest, but throughout the time I felt I was able to do something with the ball even when I was tired,” said Dimitrov. “It really made a big difference.”
Norrie won his 45th game of the year, his best career record, against 20 losses in reaching his first Masters 1000 semi-final. He will become Britain’s No.1 player in next week’s table.
“It was never really a goal of mine, but it’s definitely a big bonus to be British No.1,” said Norrie. “I want to keep pushing. I have a lot of things to improve.
On Friday, in the quarter-finals, No.2 Stefanos Tsitsipas faces Nikoloz Basilashvili and No.3 Alexander Zverev faces Taylor Fritz. Tsitsipas and Zverev are the highest seeded in the men’s table after Dmitrov defeated Daniil Medvedev, the seed and US Open champion.