Indian Wells D2 wrap: Raducanu sets up Yastremska clash

THE most recent qualifiers to go deep in Grand Slams are set for a second round blockbuster clash at Indian Wells after US Open winner Emma Raducanu pushed past her first round opponent. The British youngster defeated Spanish qualifier Rebeka Masarova to reach Ukranian Dayana Yastremska in the Round of 64, with Yastremska recently reaching the Australian Open semi-finals after coming from qualifying.

Raducanu on 6-2 6-3 in an hour and 45 minutes despite serving eight double faults off a 52 per cent clip. Luckily the Grand Slam winner was able to make the most of the service points she put in court, winning 68 and 54 per cent of her points, while winning 66 per cent of her opponent’s second serve points.

The wildcard is gunning to defend points from reaching the fourth round at Indian Wells 12 months ago, and will now take on the unpredictable, but highly talented Yastremska in the second round. The winner of that game will almost certainly take on world number two, Aryna Sabalenka in the Round of 32.

Another player who made a big statement on day two was former world number one Naomi Osaka, who crushed Italian qualifier Sara Errani 6-3 6-1 to advance through to the Round of 64. Osaka served nine aces and nine double faults, but only dropped eight points off her first serve, while dominating off Errani’s serve en route to the big win.

Four qualifiers made their way through to the Round of 64, with Hayley Baptiste and Taylor Townsend winning in their home nation, while Nao Hibino and Nuria Parrizas Diaz also won through to the next round. Lucky loser Nadia Podoroska and Danish wildcard Caroline Wozniacki also won through to the next stage of the tournament. The biggest name to bow out was former number one Karolina Pliskova who went down to Russian Anna Blinkova in three sets.


Sloane Stephens (USA) defeated Mayar Sherif (EGY) 7-5 6-3
[Q] Hayley Baptiste (USA) defeated [Q] Robin Montgomery (USA) 6-2 4-6 6-1
Anna Blinkova (RUS) defeated [WC] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-1 2-6 6-4
Lucia Bronzetti (ITA) defeated Magdalena Frech (POL) 6-2 6-4
Clara Burel (FRA) defeated Xiyu Wang (CHN) 4-6 6-2 6-4
Danielle Collins (USA) defeated [Q] Erika Andreeva (RUS) 7-6 7-6
Oceane Dodin (FRA) defeated Elina Avanesyan (RUS) 1-6 6-3 7-6
Caroline Dolehide (USA) defeated Cristina Bucsa (ESP) 6-2 6-0
[Q] Nao Hibino (JPN) defeated [WC] Venus Williams (USA) 2-6 6-3 6-0
Naomi Osaka (JPN) defeated [Q] Sara Errani (ITA) 6-3 6-1
[Q] Nuria Parrizas Diaz (ESP) defeated [WC] McCartney Kessler (USA) 6-3 7-6
Diane Parry (FRA) defeated Martina Trevisan (ITA) 7-5 6-3
[LL] Nadia Podoroska (ARG) defeated [WC] Ashlyn Krueger (USA) 3-6 6-3 6-3
[WC] Emma Raducanu (GBR) defeated [Q] Rebeka Masarova (ESP) 6-2 6-3
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) defeated Greet Minnen (BEL) 7-5 7-6
[Q] Taylor Townsend (USA) defeated Magda Linette (POL) 3-6 7-6 6-1
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) defeated [Q] Liv Hovde (USA) 6-3 6-1
Xinyu Wang CHN) defeated Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-0 6-4
[WC] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) defeated Lin Zhu (CHN) 7-6 6-1

In the men’s draw, the future of Czech men’s tennis was on display, with Tomas Machac seeing off Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka in three sets, joining compatriot and wildcard Jakub Mensik in the second round. Chinese teenager Juncheng Shang continued his great form prior to injury earlier this year, upsetting Aussie Jordan Thompson.

Another Aussie in Aleksandar Vukic set up a second round encounter with world number one Novak Djokovic, while Max Purcell joined Thompson in the losing names after going down to Gael Monfils in a 6-1 6-2 defeat. Borna Coric, Fabio Fognini and Milos Raonic were among the other winners, having been former top 20 players.


Borna Coric (CRO) defeated Sebastian Ofner (AUT) 6-2 3-6 6-0
Arthur Fils (FRA) defeated Nuno Borges (POR) 7-6 6-2
[WC] Fabio Fognini (ITA) defeated Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP) 4-6 6-2 6-3
[WC] Patrick Kypson (USA) defeated [Q] Ethan Quinn (USA) 6-1 7-6
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) defeated Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) 7-5 6-2
[Q] Constant Lestienne (FRA) defeated [Q] Denis Kudla (USA) 3-6 6-2 6-4
Tomas Machac (CZE) defeated Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 7-6 4-6 6-2
[WC] Jakub Mensik (CZE) defeated [Q] Seong Chan Hong (KOR) 6-3 6-4
Alex Michelsen (USA) defeated Jaume Munar (ESP) 6-2 6-3
Gael Monfils (FRA) defeated Max Purcell (AUS) 6-1 6-2
[Q] Lucas Pouille (FRA) defeated Daniel Altmaier (GER) 6-4 6-3
[PR] Milos Raonic (CAN) defeated [LL] Sumit Nagal (IND) 6-3 6-3
Roman Safiullin (RUS) defeated Daniel Evans (GBR) 6-1 5-7 6-2
[Q] Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA) defeated J.J. Wolf (USA) 6-2 6-1
[Q] Juncheng Shang (CHN) defeated Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-2 6-3
Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) defeated Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) 7-6 6-4
Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) defeated [Q] Shintaro Mochizuki (JPN) 7-6 7-6

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