Albert Ramos begins to excite at the 1,000 Masters of Indian Wells. So much so that he managed to advance to the third round in the Californian desert, achieving a new milestone: beat Felix Auger-Aliassime for the first time. The Catalan beat one of the fittest players on the circuit, the seventh seed of the tournament, who arrived after reaching the US Open semifinals. Bouquets won 6-4 and 6-2 with a great level of tennis. In the next round he will meet the Georgian Basilashvili.
Things went well for Pablo Carreño. The Asturian sealed his ticket to the third round with a comfortable victory against the Ecuadorian Emilio Gómez: 6-1 and 6-4. The victory will be more difficult in the next game, where he will face the Russian Karen khachanov (Ruusuvuori executioner), Olympic silver at the Tokyo Games.
Worst luck ran Pedro Martinez, since the greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, Second seed, he made his debut in the tournament with a victory against the Spanish 6-2, 6-4. Tsitsipas, with a Monte Carlo Masters 1000 title (2020) in his record, will play the third round against Italian Fabio Fognini, world number 30. For his part, the Chilean Cristian Garin He beat the American Ernesto Escobedo 7-5 and 6-2. Zverev, Isner and De Miñaur also advance.
Swiatek and Svitolina remain strong
In the Indian Wells women’s draw, the young Polish Second-seeded Iga Swiatek overwhelmed Veronika Kudermetova in the third round 6-1, 6-0. The 20-year-old from Poland celebrated the first anniversary of her unexpected victory in the 2020 Roland Garros final with this resounding triumph.
On her turn, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, fourth seed, suffered to defeat the Romanian Sorana Cirstea with a comeback culminating in a dramatic ‘tiebreak’. Svitolina, seventh in the world ranking, won 4-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (3).
The female branch started with the absences of the first two in the world ranking, Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka, and Naomi Osaka, and in the first week saw the eliminations of the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza and the British Emma Raducanu, winner of the recent Open of USA.
The Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who dismounted Raducanu, gave a new surprise on Sunday by eliminating the Romanian Simona Halep, winner of two Grand Slam tournaments, 7-5 and 6-4.