INDIAN WELLS, Calif .– (AP) – Iga Swiatek only needed 71 minutes to knock out Petra Martic 6-1, 6-3 on Friday in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.
The last time the tournament was held in 2019, Swiatek lost in qualifying. Now she is the No. 2 seed and the 2020 French Open champion.
Swiatek won nine of the first 10 games against Martic before the Polish star broke twice and fell behind 0-3 in the second set. Swiatek rallied to win the next six matches and close the match.
“In 2019 I wasn’t playing so confident, but I’m really happy that times have changed now,” Swiatek said. I just had to keep going and not stop a second time.
No.4 seed Elina Svitolina defeated Tereza Martineova 6-2, 7-5. Ninth seed Anatasia Pavlyuchenkova dominated Madison Keys 6-3, 6-1.
No.11 seed Simona Halep defeated Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (2), 6-1.
Victoria Azarenka forfeited when Magda Linette gave up 7-5, 3-0. Shelby Rogers defeated Kristina Kucova 6-2, 6-2.
Former men’s number one Andy Murray, US Open champion Emma Raducanu and runner-up Leyla Fernanda played night games.
On the men’s side, Americans Jenson Brooksby and Ernesto Escobedo won their first round matches. Brooksby defeated Cem Ilkel 7-6 (5), 6-4, and Escobedo defeated Holger Rune 6-4, 6-1.
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