Swiatek and Murray advance to third round at Indian Wells
Iga Swiatek beat 25th seed Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 6-0 on Sunday to reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. Andy Murray had to work a lot more to get there.
Swiatek lost just five games in two games on his first visit to the combined event of the ATP and WTA tours. She only needed 54 minutes to get rid of Kudermetova on the first anniversary of the Polish player’s victory at Roland Garros.
Second-seeded Swiatek won 28 of his 33 serve points, touched 19 winners and made just seven unforced errors.
“I just felt confident enough,” she said. “But basically I wanted to give my psychologist a present because usually when I lose there’s a drama, so let’s just say she’s off today.”
Two-time major champion Murray defeated 18-year-old Carlos Alcarez, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round for the first time since 2016. The 34-year-old Scotsman entered the tournament as a joker. Alcarez hit 36 winners to 18 for Murray.
“I felt like in the second set he might be playing better,” said Murray. “In the first set I felt like I had more opportunities, but I didn’t get it, so yeah, I’m happy with the way I fought. He is a young, high-level player.
US Open finalist Leyla Fernandez played a night game.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich continued her momentum, beating 11th seed and 2015 winner Simona Halep 7-5, 6-4. It was Sasnovich’s second straight surprise against a former major champion. She beat US Open winner Emma Raducanu in her second game at Indian Wells. Sasnovich has won three straight main draw games for the first time since 2019.
4th Elina Svitolina also progressed, who beat 32nd seed Sorana Cirstea 4-6, 6-4 7-6 (3). Americans Shelby Rogers and Jessica Pegula advanced to the round of 16 with straight set wins.
Also on the men’s side, No. 5 seed Matteo Berrettini defeated Alejandro Tabilbo 6-5, 7-5 in his opener. He will next face 31st seed Taylor Fritz, who beat Brandon Nakashima 6-3, 6-4 in a 100% American game.
Berrettini, who holds two titles this year, won his third appearance at Indian Wells for the first time.
“I like the conditions here, the place, it’s amazing,” he said. “I didn’t know Alejandro very well. He played three games here, so he felt confident. He believed he could win and I felt him so it was even harder to beat him.
No.7 Félix Auger-Aliassime lost to Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-2.
Number 10 Jannik Sinner, who won the title in Sofia last week, beat John Millman 6-2, 6-2. The 14th Gaels Monfils defeated Gianluca Mager 6-4, 6-2.
Kevin Anderson edged 17th seed Lorenzo Sonego, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3).