WTA Indian Wells Tennis News- Kerber, Williams, Wozniacki win as Radwanska falls on Day 6 at BNP Paribas Open |
It was a star-studded lineup on day 6 of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, as the bottom half of the women’s draw played their third round matches.
First up on Stadium 1 was two-time major winner and incoming world number one Angelique Kerber against Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier. In an up-and-down opening set it was Kerber who’s experience shone through as she took it 7-5. The second set was a much different affair as the second seed struggled on her serve, resulting in a dominant second set from Parmentier.
In the third, the Frenchwoman kept the pressure on Kerber, going up 5-2 before the German battled back from the brink to win 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 and book a spot in the fourth round.
Later on Stadium 1 was seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams facing former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova. It was a tight first set was both Williams and Safarova were strong on serve, until an inspired Venus broke at in the ninth game of the set to go up 5-4 before serving it out to take the opening set 6-4.
Venus Williams of the United States returns a shot against Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic during their match at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, USA 13 March 2017. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH
From that point on, Williams only got stronger, with her trademark power game wearing down Safarova, as she cruised through the second set 6-2 to reach her first fourth round in Indian Wells since 2001.
Headlining the night session on Stadium 1 was another American Madison Keys up against big-hitting Japanese talent Naomi Osaka. The first set was sheer dominance from Keys, as the American, coming back from wrist surgery, did not put a foot wrong, racing through the opening set 6-1.
The second set was a slightly closer affair, as Osaska seemed to find her range on her big ground strokes, keeping pressure on the ninth seed. Ultimately, it was Keys who’s impressive performance on the night propelled her to a straightforward 6-1, 6-4 victory and a spot in the fourth round.
Over on Stadium 2, it was tough going for sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who fell in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to former US Open semifinalist Peng Shuai, while on Stadium 3, former number one and 2011 champion Caroline Wozniacki kept up her good run of form, cruising past Czech youngster Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-1 to book a mouthwatering fourth round clash against Keys.
All the women remaining in the singles draw here in the California desert will play their fourth rounds today, with some intriguing clashes looking to solidify quarterfinal spots here in Indian Wells.
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams claimed her first win in Indian Wells in 15 years in dramatic fashion, battling past former world number one Jelena Jankovic 1-6, 7-6, 6-1 to reach the third round here at the BNP Paribas Open.