Inga Swietec defeated 25th seed Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 6-0 to reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday. Andy Murray had to work hard to get there.
Sweetek has lost just five games in two matches during his first tour in a combined ATP and WTA Tour event. She needed just 54 minutes to get by Kudermetova on the first anniversary of the Polish player winning the French Open.
Second-seeded Swietec won 28 of his 33 service points, hit 19 winners and made just seven unforced errors.
“I just felt very confident,” she said. “But basically, I wanted to make a gift for my psychologist because there’s usually some drama when I lose, so let’s say he has 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 joined the tournament as one. wild card. Alcarez took 36 winners to 18 for Murray.
“I thought he might have played better in the second set,” Murray said. “In the first set I thought I had more chances but I didn’t get it, yes, I am happy with the way I fought. He is a top-notch young player.”
US Open runner-up Leyla Fernandez played the match of the night.
Aliksandra Sasnovi continued her role by defeating 11th seed and 2015 winner Simona Halep 7-5, 6-4. It was Sasnovi’s second consecutive reversal of a former major champion. She knocked out US Open winner Emma Radukanu in her second match at Indian Wells. Sasnovi has won three straight main draw matches for the first time since 2019.
Later on, No. 4 Elina Svitolina defeated 32nd seed Sorana Kristia 4-6, 6-4 7-6(3). Americans Shelby Rogers and Jessica Pegula advanced to the round of 16 with straight sets victories.
Also on the men’s side, No. 5 seed Matteo Berrettini defeated Alejandro Tabilbo 6–5, 7–5 in his opening match. He will next face 31st seed Taylor Fritz, who defeated Brandon Nakashima 6-3, 6-4 in an All-American match.
Berrettini, who owns two titles this year, took his first win in his third appearance at Indian Wells.
“I love the conditions here, the place, it’s amazing,” he said. “I didn’t know Alejandro very well. He played three matches here so he was feeling confident. He believed he could win and I felt it, so it was even harder to beat him.
Number 7 Felix Auger-Aliassim lost to Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-2.
Number 10 Jannik Sinner, who won the title in Sofia last week, defeated John Millman 6-2, 6-2. No. 14 Gael Monfils defeated Gianluca Mager 6-4, 6-2.
Kevin Anderson defeated 17th seed Lorenzo Sonego 7-6(7), 7-6(3).