Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová in the 2nd round of the tournament in Indian Wells, March 10, 2023.
Indian Wells (USA) – Tennis players Petra Kvitová, Barbora Krejčíková and Karolína Plíšková won their opening matches in Indian Wells and advanced to the third round, where the debutant at the tournament Linda Nosková also made it through. The prestigious tournament ended in the second round for Linda Fruhvirtová and Jiří Lehečka.
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Fifteenth-seeded Kvitová additionally celebrated her 33rd birthday on Wednesday with a 6:1, 7:5 victory over American Elizabeth Mandlikova, the daughter of Czech Grand Slam champion Hana Mandlíková. Kvitova dominated the first set, winning all nine first-serve exchanges and facing no break points. In the second set, the 155th ranked player Mandliková took a 5:3 lead, but the two-time Wimbledon winner turned the tide by winning four games in a row and advanced in 86 minutes. with Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko, whom she defeated in the last match between them in the final of last year's grass tournament in Eastbourne. Kvitová's maximum in Indian Wells is the quarterfinals from 2013 and 2016.
In the first duel after winning the title in Dubai, Krejčíková defeated the Ukrainian Dajana Jastremska 6:1, 6:2. The tournament's top 16, which, like all other seeded players, had a free draw in the opening round, was clearly in control of the match with Jastremská from the start. During the entire time, the opponent maintained her serve only in the opening game, so in the second set, the Czech player was not stopped even by the fact that she also lost serve twice. After 70 minutes, she converted the first match point.
Former world number one Plíšková had to fight three sets against Russian Anna Kalinska, whom she defeated 2:6, 6:0 and 6:4 after an hour and three quarters. The seventeenth-seeded Czech helped herself to nine aces and won eight games in a row since losing the first set. In the third round, the 30-year-old Czech will face another Russian, Veronika Kuděrmětová, the tournament eleven.
Eighteen-year-old Nosková won her second match in her debut at any WTA 1000 category tournament, defeating 31st-seeded Amanda Anisimov from the USA 7:6. 6:3. In order to progress to the round of 16, the team of experienced coaches Tomáš Krupa and David Kotyza will face American peer Coco Gauffová, who is the sixth seed in Indian Wells.
Seventeen-year-old Fruhvirtová did not finish the promising second round match against another Ukrainian, Anhelina Kalininová. In the third set, she did not use the match point and lost 6:4, 4:6, 5:7. In the match, she was hampered by a huge number of double faults, of which she accumulated a total of 21. In the third set, even a 5:2 lead was not enough for her to win. In the eighth game, she failed to convert a match point on her opponent's serve and was unable to win the next game. The twenty-seventh ranked Kalina lost in two and three quarter hours.
Czech men's number one Leheček did not follow up his win over Andrej Rubljov in the quarterfinals of the February tournament in Doha. The 21-year-old native of Mladá Boleslav lost to the world number seven in the second round 4:6 and 2:6.
Second seed Stafanos Tsitsipas unexpectedly lost his first match in California. The Greek favorite, who due to the absence of the unvaccinated Novak Djokovic at the “Sunshine Double” in Indian Wells and Miami, could strive to move to the top of the rankings, was defeated 7:6, 4:6, 7:6 by the Australian outsider Jordan Thompson.
Men's and women's tournament in Indian Wells
(hard surface, men endowment $10,143,750/women 8.8 million):
< strong>Singles – 2nd round:
Rubljov (6-Russia) – Lehecka (Czech Republic) 6:4, 6:2, Thompson (Aust.) – Tsitsipas (2-Greece) 7:6 (7:0), 4:6, 7:6 (7:5), Ruud (3- Nor.) – Schwartzman (Arg.) 6:2, 6:3, Medvedev (5-Russia) – Nakashima (USA) 6:4, 6:3, Norrie (10-Brit.) – Wu Tung-Lin ( Taiwan) 6:2, 6:4, Zverev (12-Germany) – Kachin (Arg.) 6:3, 6:1, Khachanov (13-Russia) – Otte (Germany) 6:3, 6:3, Tiafoe (14-USA) – Giron (USA) 6:2, 6:2, Daniel (Japan) – Berrettini (20-It.) 7:6 (7:5), 0:6, 6 :3, Kubler (Aust.) – Dimitrov (21-Bulg.) 2:6, 7:6 (7:5), 3:0 scratch, Ruusuvuori (Fin.) – Bautista (22-Sp.) 7:6 (7:5), 6:2, Davidovich (23-Sp.) – Wu I-ping (China) 6:4, 6:1, Humbert (Fr.) – Shapovalov (25-Can.) 7:5, 6:4, Ivaška (Bel.) – Van de Zandschulp (28-Netherlands) 7:5, 3:2 scratch, Garín (Chile) – Nišioka (29-Japan) 6:4, 6:0, Tabilo ( Chile) – Cressy (32-USA) 7:6 (7:3), 7:6 (15:13).
Singles – 2nd round:
Kvitová (15-CR) – Mandliková (USA) ) 6:1, 7:5, Krejčíková (16-CR) – Jastremská (Ukr.) 6:1, 6:2, Plíšková (17-CR) – Kalinská (Russia) 2:6, 6:0, 6:4, Nosková (Czech Republic) – Anisimovová (31-USA) 7:6 (8:6), 6:3, Kalininová ( 27-Ukrainian) – L. Fruhvirtová (Czech Republic) 4:6, 6:4, 7:5, Sabalenková (2-Belarus) – Rodinová (Russia) 6:2, 6:0, Pegulaová (3-USA) – Giorgiová ( It.) 3:6, 6:1, 6:2, Gauffová (6-USA) – Bucsaová (Sp.) 6:2, 6:4, Sakkariová (7-Greece) – Rogersová (USA) 2:6 , 6:4, 6:0, Teichmannová (Switzerland) – Bencicová (9-Switzerland) 3:6, 6:3, 6:3, Kuděrmětová (11-Russia) – Blinkova (Russia) 6:3 , 6:4, Wang Sin-yu (China) – Alexandrova (18-Russia) 6:2, 6:3, Peterson (Sweden) – Zhang Shuai (22-China) 3:0 scratch, Ostapenko (24- Lot.) – Sasnovičová (Belarus) 7:5, 3:6, 6:2, Potapova (26-Russia) – Wang Si-yü (China) 4:6, 7:6 (7:4), 6 :2, Curenková (Ukrainian) – Vekičová (29-Croatian) 2:6, 6:2, 6:2.