Just 17, Kayla Day had now fear of reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza Sunday in the third round at Indian wells. The young American took the opening set, fought hard in the second but came up short in the third in a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 loss to the Spaniard.
“Obviously I was pretty upset after my match, because it didn’t go the way I wanted it in the end,” said Day who held break points at 5-5 in the second. “But if you look at the big picture, I was able to push a Top 10 player really far.
“I think I’m improving in general a lot of things, but I know that maybe two years ago this match I wouldn’t turn it around. I think that’s experience.
“The way I prepare myself to go out there in the court, it’s just handling the difficult days because that’s what counts and what makes the good players and the not-as-good players.”
Muguruza moves on to face Elina Svitolina in the fourth round.
Also avoiding upset was Dominika Cibulkova who saved a match point in a tight win over Kristyna Pliskova 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4). Pliskova led by a break in the second and also served for the match. In the third, she held a match point at 5-4.
“I was in the right mood on the important points. I was brave and I knew what I wanted to do, so I went for it,” Cibulkova said. “Even on match point; I just hit it because it’s the only way I can play. No hesitation. I had some fear, but I was pushing through it.”
Pliskova’s righty sister had a better day downing Irina-Camelia Begu 6-4, 7-6.
In a mild upset, Caroline Garcia beat Brit No. 1 Johanna Konta 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(1). Timea Bascinsky also won in a final set breaker over Kiki Bertens.
Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova were also winners.
Today, Angelique Kerber returns to face Pauline Parmentier. In the evening, Madison Keys meets Naomi Osaka in a match-up of young power players. Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep and Venus Williams also on court. Venus faces Lucie Safarova.
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