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Swiatek, Murray advance to 3rd round at Indian Wells

Iga Swiatek routed 25th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 6-0 to reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.

By: AP |
October 11, 2021 12:56:03 pm
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) reacts after winning a point during his second round match against Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Iga Swiatek routed 25th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 6-0 on Sunday to reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. Andy Murray had to work a lot harder to get there.

Swiatek has dropped just five games in two matches during her first visit to the combined ATP and WTA tour event. She needed just 54 minutes to get by Kudermetova on the first anniversary of the Polish player winning the French Open.

Swiatek, seeded second, won 28 of her 33 service points, hit 19 winners and made just seven unforced errors.

“I was just feeling pretty confident,” she said. “But basically, I wanted to make a gift for my psychologist because usually when I lose there is some drama, so let’s just say she has the day off today.”

Two-time major champion Murray beat 18-year-old Carlos Alcarez 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round for the first time since 2016. The 34-year-old Scotsman got into the tournament as a wild card. Alcarez hit 36 winners to 18 for Murray.

“I felt like in the second set he played maybe better,” Murray said. “First set I felt like I had more of the opportunities but didn’t get it so yeah, happy with the way I fought. He’s a top-drawer young player.”

U.S. Open runner-up Leyla Fernandez played a night match.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich continued her roll, beating 11th-seeded and 2015 winner Simona Halep 7-5, 6-4. It was Sasnovich’s second straight upset of a former major champion. She took out U.S. Open winner Emma Raducanu in her second match at Indian Wells. Sasnovich has won three straight main-draw matches for the first time since 2019.

Also advancing was No. 4 Elina Svitolina, who beat 32nd-seeded Sorana Cirstea 4-6, 6-4 7-6 (3). Americans Shelby Rogers and Jessica Pegula advanced to the round of 16 with straight-set wins.

Also on the men’s side, No. 5 seed Matteo Berrettini defeated Alejandro Tabilbo 6-5, 7-5 in his opening match. He’ll next face 31st-seeded Taylor Fritz, who beat Brandon Nakashima 6-3, 6-4 in an all-American match-up.

Berrettini, who owns two titles this year, won for the first time in his third appearance at Indian Wells.

“I love the conditions here, the place, it’s amazing,” he said. “I didn’t know Alejandro that well. He played three matches here so he was feeling confident. He believed that he could win and I felt it, so it was even tougher to beat him.”

No. 7 Felix Auger-Aliassime lost to Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-2.

No. 10 Jannik Sinner, who won the title in Sofia last week, beat John Millman 6-2, 6-2. No. 14 Gaels Monfils defeated Gianluca Mager 6-4, 6-2.

Kevin Anderson edged 17th-seeded Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3).

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