Qualifier Daria Saville believed she could upset No. 9 seed Ons Jabeur and she went out and did just that at the Indian Wells Masters. Saville, ranked at No. 409 in the world, defeated Jabeur in tight three sets 7-5 6-7 (0) 6-4 to progress into the Indian Wells third round.
"On paper, I probably had no right to believe I could win," Saville said after the win. "I just felt good before the match. I thought it wasn't a bad match-up for me. So right before the match, I thought I could do this.
"I lost 13 points in a row and had match points and didn't really do anything wrong," Saville said after the win. "I counted all the points I lost in a row and I thought ok, if I win this one I'm going to scream the biggest 'Come on', and I did.
"Ons is very clutch on big points. I knew that whenever I'm up and she's facing break points that she's going to come up with something crazy. At the end, I knew that I had to probably risk a little bit more."
Saville confident she can stun Elise Mertens as well
Next up for Saville is a sixth career meeting against world No. 23 Mertens. Saville beat Mertens when they first met in 2017 but since then the Belgian has claimed four wins in a row over the Australian.
"It's just reassurance that I can do this, that I can last long matches, that I can beat [top players]. I've beaten Emma, a Grand Slam champion, I played three-sets with Sloane," Saville said. "I'm motivated to keep going.
I have zero expectations. Especially against Elise Mertens. I haven't beaten this girl! But I'm excited. I told my coaching team, if I can beat her that will give me a lot of confidence. I have no fear."