In an increasingly unpredictable women’s tennis, it is not easy to fulfill the predictions. And that’s exactly what they did Iga Swiatek and Elina Svitolina at their premiere at the WTA 1,000 in Indian Wells. Both appeared directly in the second round, exempt from contesting the first as privilege of being among the top seeds of the painting, and they did not miss their appointment with the triumph.
The Polish had no mercy on the Croatian Petra Martic, who he pushed out of his way in just 73 minutes: 6-1 and 6-3. Swiatek’s wide repertoire of blows, the 2020 Roland Garros champion, was a Gap in the level of both tennis players from start to finish. Just to put a but, he failed with his serve when he was 5-2 up in the second set to seal the victory. As to Svitolina, had more difficulties in front of Tereza Martincova, especially in a second set that got complicated after wasting several games of advantage. Despite this, the Ukrainian reacted in time to finalize her pass to the round of 16 even faster than Swiatek: 6-2 and 7-5 in 69 minutes.
Belinda Bencic has withdrawn due to a knee injury. Feel better soon!
– BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) October 8, 2021
The bad news of the day led to the signing of Belinda Bencic and Emma Raducanu. The Swiss, current Olympic champion, was withdrawn before her duel against Rogers due to a knee injury (replaced by Kucova as lucky loser), while the British, who arrived full after to conquer his first US Open at the age of 18, he was fired at the first exchange by yielding to the Belarusian Sasnovich (6-2 and 6-4). In the rest of the games played on Friday, wins for Tomljanovic, Cirstea (Svitolina’s next rival), Kudermetova (next stumbling block of Swiatek), Pavlyuchenkova, Kvitova, Putintseva, Fernández, Pegula, Paolini, Ostapenko, Halep, Azarenka and Begu.