Aliaksandra Sasnovich posted the biggest upset at Indian Wells so far as she took down 17th seed and US Open champion, Emma Raducanu. The Belarusian won in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 25 minutes.
The defeat marked the end of the Briton’s run of 10 consecutive match wins, going back to the qualifying stages at Flushing Meadows. It was also stopped her run of 10 consecutive sets as the teenager hadn’t lost a set en route to the title in New York.
Speaking after her win, the 100th-ranked Sasnovich said, “I saw a few matches of her when she played US Open and Wimbledon as well. She’s really a talented girl. She has a strong forehand, backhand. She tries to be always aggressive. It was a really good match for me. I play really well. I know she just won US Open. I lost there in the first round. So, a little bit different. But I tried to go on court, I tried to enjoy. I did everything right and I’m happy with the result, of course.”
Sasnovich will play former world no. 1 Simona Halep for a place in the fourth round. Halep defeated Marta Kostyuk 7-6(2), 6-1 in her opening-round clash in an hour and 33 minutes.
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Second seed Iga Swiatek also moved into the round-of-32 on Friday. The Pole wrapped up a 6-1, 6-3 win over Petra Martic in an hour and 11 minutes. Next up for the 2020 French Open champion’s 25th-seeded Russian, Veronika Kudermetova. Kudermetova ousted fellow Russian Liudmila Samsonova 6-2, 6-3 in 70 minutes.
Italian lucky loser Jasmine Paolini upset 14th seed, Elise Mertens, in their second-round clash. Paolini came from a set down to beat the Belgian 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 49 minutes. She’ll play 19th seed Jessica Pegula for a place in the fourth round. Pegula came through to the third round after winning an all-American match against Sloane Stephens, 6-2, 6-3 in 67 minutes.
In the Kazakh derby at Indian Wells, Yulia Putintseva notched an upset over 13th seed Elena Rybakina. Putintseva won 6-2, 7-6(5) in an hour and 58 minutes. Putintseva will play 24th seed Jelena Ostapenko in the third round. The Latvian defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 6-3, 6-0 in an hour in their second-round clash.