Surprises in Indian Wells: the Czech Karolina Pliskova, one of the favorites for the final victory, was released in the third round of the tournament, Monday, October 11. Another unexpected exit, that of the defending champion, Bianca Andreescu.
Karolina Pliskova, favorite, fall …
Karolina Pliskova, 3rd player in the world, lost in two sets and just over two hours of play (6-3, 7-5) against the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, after qualifying. She was particularly penalized by her serve with 12 double faults and only 25% of points gained after her second serve.
With this defeat of Pliskova and in the absence of world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, her Belarusian runner-up Aryna Sabalenka and Serena Williams, the women’s table is all the more open. Hadda Maia, 115th in the world, will face Estonian Anett Kontaveit (20th) in the fourth round.
… like the defending champion, Bianca Andreescu
Estonian Anett Kontaveit (20th) also created a surprise on Monday by eliminating the winner of the last edition in 2019, Canadian Bianca Andreescu (21st), 7-6, 6-3. “I didn’t play well and I didn’t have a good feeling today”, said the one who also won the US Open two years ago. “It was very windy. I don’t think she played very good tennis either, but she was better than me”, highlighted the one who reached the round of 16 at the US Open.
Medvedev, Ruud and Schwartzman assure
The favorites held their place among the men. The Russian Daniil Medvedev, world No.2 and seeded No.1, eliminated the Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 7-6, having a very average quality of first balls on the service (58%) In the next round, he will face Grigor Dimitrov (n ° 23). Norwegian Casper Ruud (10th player in the world) defeated South African Lloyd Harris (31st) in three sets, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, but suffered in the face of the quality of his opponent’s commitment, author of 18 aces.
Winner of three titles in three weeks this summer (in Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel), a performance never seen since Andy Murray in 2011, Ruud will meet Diego Schwartzman in the round of 16 on Wednesday 13 October. The 29-year-old Argentinian, 15th in the world, also had to work against the Briton Daniel Evans. Led a set to zero, he was able to reverse the situation to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-0.