Medvedev and Pliskova advance in Indian Wells; Muguruza Falls | Sports
INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA (AFP) – Top seed Daniil Medvedev and Karolina Pliskova scored back-to-back wins to advance to the Indian Wells Championships on Saturday, a match that saw some of the favorites eliminated.
Medvedev defeated local Mackenzie MacDonald 6-4, 6-2. He expanded to eight his number of wins since last month, when he was crowned at the US Open.
The Russian never faced a break point against MacDonald, who instead suffered three breaks from his serve.
“Actually, I’m very happy because I usually didn’t play well at Indian Wells,” Medvedev said.
Also on Saturday, Argentine Diego Schwartzman beat Maxime Crissi 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
Schwartzman, the 16th seed, went up from two game points. Chrissy had a chance to win the match 5-4, 40-15, but he made two double faults.
Pique then regained accuracy with his shots, winning 11 of the last 12 points of the fencing, which required two hours and 38 minutes to settle.
Pliskova advanced to the third round with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Magdalena Fritsch in the combined ATP and WTA competition.
The Czech fired six aces to 387, leading the tour this year. He scored five of his six break points.
Fifth seed Garbine Muguruza, who crowned last week in Chicago, lost to Agla Tomljanovic 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. It was Tomljanovic’s first win in seven matches against a tennis player who ranked among the top 10 players in the world this year.
In July, the Croatian reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
At night, played by Bianca Andreescu, who was crowned here in 2019.
In addition to Muguruza of Spanish-Venezuelan descent, two other seeders fell.
Anna Kalinskaya beat Spain’s Sarah Soribes Tormo (28), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, while local Amanda Anisimova beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-1.
Tunisian 12th seed Anas Jabeur, who fell to Muguruza in the Chicago final 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, advanced over Anastasia Sevastova to win 45 this year. a tour.
In the men’s branch, Hubert Hurkacz (8th), Riley Opelka (16th) and Daniel Evans (18th).
Denis Shapovalov (9) led 3-0 when Vasek Pospisil retired with an injury.
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