World No. 29 Jelena Ostapenko said she entered the match against Iga Swiatek with a "strong mentality" and she was glad that she managed to execute her game plan. Ostapenko, a former world No. 5, shocked second-seeded Swiatek 6-4 6-3 in the Indian Wells Masters round-of-16.
"I knew it was going to be a very tough match because she's such a great player, she won a Grand Slam and she's playing great tennis," Ostapenko said. "I really came with a strong mentality to this match.
I knew I had to fight for every point, be aggressive and I think I did that pretty well today."
Ostapenko showed great mental strength against Swiatek
After failing to convert a break point in the sixth game, Ostapenko dropped her serve in the seventh game as Swiatek took a 4-3 lead.
After falling down by a break, Ostapenko qucikly responded as she earned back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and win the opener. After losing the first set on a disappointing way, Swiatek started the second set with a break.
Swiatek led 3-1 after the opening four games but then her game shut down as Ostapenko claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to book a straight-set win. Ostapenko credited good returning and playing good in key moments as the key in her win over Swiatek.
"I just knew that I have a good return and was playing well in deciding moments," Ostapenko said of her ability to turn around each set. "I just tried to serve better because it was a little bit windy and cooler today, so different conditions to my last match [on Sunday], and I needed some time to adjust."
Ostapenko, 24, is having her fourth campaign in Indian Wells. For the first time in her career, Ostapenko has made the quarterfinal in Indian Wells.