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Indian Wells: Sabalenka improves to 14-1 for the season with second round win
The Belarusian dropped just two games during her second round win over Evgeniya Rodina
Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka scored a comprehensive straight sets win over Russian Evgeniya Rodina in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Friday.
The world No 2, from Belarus, needed only one hour and eight minutes to win 6-2, 6-0 and move into the third round.
Sabalenka, who also won the Adelaide 1 title in January before her Australian Open breakthrough, improved to 14 wins in 15 matches for the 2023 season, with her only loss coming to Barbora Krejcikova in the Dubai semi-finals last month.
The Belarusian and the Czech woman could meet again the fourth round in Indian Wells if both players manage to reach that stage.
The Belarusian will face Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko next with a third round berth on the line.
“It was tricky game, I would say,” Sabalenka said after her win. “I didn’t expect her play that slow. I was struggling a little bit with adjusting for the balls, because it was super slow.
Rodina, a former top 70 player and now ranked No 427 in the world, is making her way back to the tour after three year break. She defeated Frenchwoman Alize Cornet (6-2, 7-5) in the first round of the Indian Wells tournament.
Indian Wells WTA 1000, other second-round matches (Indian Wells Tennis Garden, hard, USD 8,800,000, most recent results first):
- Barbora Krejcikova (16) beat Dayana Yastremska (WC): 6-1, 6-2
- Veronika Kudermetova (11) beat Anna Blinkova: 6-3, 6-4
- Lesia Tsurenko beat Donna Vekic (29): 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
- Jil Teichmann beat Belinda Bencic (9): 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
- Jelena Ostapenko (24) beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich: 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
- Anhelina Kalinina (27) beat Linda Fruhvirtova: 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
- Elena Rybakina vs. Sofia Kenin
- Sorana Cirstea vs. Madison Keys
- Nuria Parrizas Diaz vs. Paula Badosa
- Ons Jabeur vs. Magdalena Frech
- Peyton Stearns vs. Bianca Andreescu
- Tatjana Maria vs. Daria Kasatkina
- Martina Trevisan vs. Madison Brengle
- Dalma Galfi vs. Caroline Garcia
- Leylah Fernandez vs. Emma Navarro
- Liudmila Samsonova vs. Bernarda Pera
- Katerina Siniakova vs. Beatriz Haddad Maia
- Iga Swiatek vs. Claire Liu
- Petra Martic vs. Varvara Gracheva
- Karolina Muchova vs. Victoria Azarenka
- Marketa Vondrousova vs. Marie Bouzkova
- Magda Linette vs. Emma Raducanu
- Camila Giorgi vs. Jessica Pegula
- Linda Noskova vs. Amanda Anisimova
- Coco Gauff vs. Cristina Bucsa
- Karolina Pliskova vs. Anna Kalinskaya
- Xinyu Wang vs. Ekaterina Alexandrova
- Shuai Zhang vs. Rebecca Peterson
- Maria Sakkari vs. Shelby Rogers
- Anastasia Potapova vs. Xiyu Wang
- Petra Kvitova vs. Elizabeth Mandlik