World No. 4 Iga Swiatek was made to work hard on Tuesday as she recovered from a set down to beat former world No. 1 Iga Swiatek 4-6 6-2 6-3 in the Indian Wells Masters round-of-16. It was the first meeting between Swiatek, 20, and 34-year-old Kerber.
"For sure it was really hard playing against her," Swiatek said, per the WTA Tour website. "She's such an experienced player. "At the end I think I made the right decisions in the right time, in the right moments of the match.
I'm pretty happy about that because in important moments in second and third [sets], I was winning points. That's the most important thing." "Obviously you learn from that first set and you can use that. I think I'm doing that pretty well.
But for sure my goal is to win every set. On my next match, I'm going to be ready to win that first one."
Swiatek on what surprised her against Kerber
"I thought that Angie played much different than what she played on practice with me, what I was expecting," Swiatek added, per WTA Insier.
"I'm pretty proud of myself that I could win against such a smart player”. Swiatek recovered from an early break down as she led 2-1 after the opening three games but then lost her serve in back-to-back games as Kerber took a comfortable 5-2 lead.
Kerber failed to serve out for the first set in the eighth game but did so in the 10th game to still win the opener. Swiatek claimed two early breaks at the start of the second set but Kerber twice recovered as the Pole led 3-2 after the opening five games and the German was serving.
Swiatek then earned back-to-back breaks to win three games in a row and force a decider. Kerber claimed the first break of the third set in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead but Swiatek impressively responded as she earned back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and complete a comeback win.