Indian Wells: Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens, Shelby Rogers claim 2R spots

American women had a mixed start to their campaign at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Wednesday.

Shelby Rogers posted a 7-6(2), 6-2 win over Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina in their first-round clash. Rogers needed two hours and five minutes to complete the win. In the second round, Rogers will face eighth seed Belinda Bencic.

The other Americans who advanced to the second round were Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens.

Keys defeated the tricky Kaia Kanepi 6-0, 7-5 in 69 minutes. While the opening set was one-sided, the Estonian rallied from a break down in the second set and even served for the set in the 10th game. However, Keys had the final say in the outcome as she made a timely comeback and won the last three games to advance in the Californian desert.

Speaking after her win, the former US Open finalist said, “Every time you play Kaia you know at any moment, she can start making all her shots. She’s such a great player. So, I had to come up with some pretty good shots to get that back. Happy with how I was able to manage that second set and get the win.”

For a place in the third round, Keys will play ninth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Stephens, meanwhile, rallied from a set and break down to oust Briton Heather Watson in their first-round clash. After two hours and 50 minutes of play, Stephens completed the 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-1 win. In the second round, the 2017 US Open champion will play fellow American, 19th seed Jessica Pegula.

Indian Wells: The other side of the coin of American entrants

Su-Wei Hsieh defeated Madison Brengle in their first-round match. Hsieh needed 83 minutes to wrap up a 6-1, 7-6(4) win over the American. In the second round, Hsieh will take on 24th seed Jelena Ostapenko.

American qualifier Alycia Parks crashed out of the tournament at the hands of Arantxa Rus. The Dutchwoman needed just 63 minutes to complete a 6-0, 6-1 win. In the second round, Rus will face seventh seed Petra Kvitova.

Tereza Martincova defeated wildcard Ashlyn Krueger in their first-round meeting. The Czech 6-2, 7-6(1) in an hour and 33 minutes. Fourth seed Elina Svitolina’s Martincova’s second-round opponent. Krueger’s fellow American and wildcard recipient, Katie Volynets also lost in the first round. Croatian Petra Martic defeated Volynets 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 44 minutes. Martic will take on second seed Iga Swiatek in the round-of-64.

Japan’s Misaki Doi ended the run of American Ann Li in their opening-round clash at Indian Wells. Doi won 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in two hours and 23 minutes. Doi will play 32nd seed Sorana Cirstea in the second round.