Beatriz Haddad Maia upset top seed, Karolina Pliskova in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Monday. The lucky loser won 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and four minutes. This is the first time that Haddad Maia’s reached the fourth round of a WTA 1000 tournament.
Speaking after her win, the 115th-ranked Brazilian said, “I'm very happy with my win and my work today. It was very tough conditions for both of us. It was very windy. I didn't serve that well but I was returning well.
I was doing my best. I think the key was my resilience in my mental game”. In the fourth round, Haddad Maia will play 18th seed Anett Kontaveit. The Estonian ousted 16th seed, the defending champion, Bianca Andreescu. Kontaveit needed an hour and 49 minutes to post a 7-6(5), 6-3 victory over the Canadian.
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Ajla Tomljanovic also posted an upset in her third-round match. The Australian ousted 26th seed Tamara Zidansek 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 36 minutes. Zidansek raced to a 4-0 lead in the opening set but Tomljanovic bounced back into the match and won six games in a row to win the set.
She also won the opening three games of the second set and built a 3-0 lead but Zidansek came back to equal the set at three-all. From that moment on, Tomljanovic never looked back and won the last three games to pick up the win.
This is the first time that Tomljanovic’s made it this far at the BNP Paribas Open. For a place in the quarter-finals, she’ll play 10th seed, Angelique Kerber. The German defeated 20th seed Daria Kasatkina in their third-round encounter.
After an hour and 47 minutes of play, Kerber came through 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 against the Russian. Third seed Barbora Krejcikova reached the round-of-16 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Amanda Anisimova. Next up for the Czech is 21st seed Paula Badosa.
The Spaniard upset 15th seed Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-2 in 54 minutes in their round-of-32 clash. The last fourth-round match in the top half at Indian Wells will be played between 12th seed Ons Jabeur and Anna Kalinskaya. Jabeur ended the run of 22nd seed Danielle Collins 6-1, 6-3 in an hour and 13 minutes. The Russian qualifier, meanwhile, stopped Viktorija Golubic, winning 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 in an hour and 52 minutes.