Defending champion, Iga Swiatek showed a conquering face against Emma Raducanu (77th), who had preceded her on the US Open list in 2021, winning 6-3, 6-1 in 1h24 to climb in the quarter-finals of the WTA 1000 tennis tournament in Indian Wells.
Unlike the day before against Bianca Andreescu , the 21-year-old Polish, in search of a double that only Martina Navratilova managed in 1990 and 1991, did not betray nervousness in a one-sided match where her sharp game been relentless.
Happy to have been positive and disciplined “, she will be opposed to the Romanian Sorana Cirstea (WTA 83), who brought down 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 the French Caroline Garcia , 5th in the world.
The Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka , world number 2, winner of the Australian Open, for her part had to work to dismiss the Czech Barbora Krejcikova (WTA 16) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. She will face 19-year-old American Coco Gauff , world No. 6, who fell 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 to Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson (WTA 103).
Finalist last year, Maria Sakkari , 7th in the world, also lost a round against Karolina Pliskova (WTA 17), winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. She will face another Czech, Petra Kvitova (WTA 15), faller after the suspense 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (13/11) of the American Jessica Pegula (WTA 3).