Bencic Bumped, Bacsinszky Bruised but Braises Bouchard at Indian Wells
by Staff | March 15th, 2016, 12:53 am

The third quarter of the Indian Wells draw opened up when No. 4 Garbine Muguruza lost her opener, then on Monday became a free-for-all when the second-highest player in the quarter, No. 7 Belinda Bencic, was upset 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 by Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova.
Rybarikova will in the fourth round face No. 9 Roberta Vinci, who on Monday handled No. 17 Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.

No. 18 seed Karolina Pliskova also turned in a mild upset, taking out former No. 1 and current No. 14 seed Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-0.

“We’ve played a few times already and I’ve always won,” said Pliskova, who at one point won 10 straight games against Ivanovic. She said she was happy to end a losing streak at Indian Wells. “Last year I didn’t lose any first rounds. Now I’d lost twice in a row so I’m just happy to have some matches and looking forward to the next one.”

Pliskova’s reward is a meeting with No. 25 seed Johanna Konta, who eased past Czech Denisa Allertova 6-4, 6-1.

No. 12 seed Timea Bacsinszky handled a challenge from former Top 10er and now unseeded Genie Bouchard, outlasting the Canadian 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. Bacsinszky early in the second set fell hard to the court, emerging from a medical timeout with bandages on her elbow and knee, taking a while afterwards to get back into the match but taking over in the third set.

“I think Genie played really well, especially in the second,” the Swiss said. “She pushed me a lot to make errors.”

Bacsinszky will next face Russian Daria Kasatkina, who on Monday edged Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2).

The fourth round will also see a match-up of Grand Slam champions Sam Stosur and Victoria Azarenka. Stosur won a nervous third set on Monday against Christina Mchale 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, while Azarenka beat Shuai Zhang 6-4, 6-3.

Tuesday’s highlights in Indian Wells include (1) Serena Williams vs. (Q) Kateryna Bondarenka, (8) Petra Kvitova vs. (Q) Nicole Gibbs, and (3) Aggie Radwanska vs. (19) Jelena Jankovic.

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22 Comments for Bencic Bumped, Bacsinszky Bruised but Braises Bouchard at Indian Wells

jalep Says:

Since I only had time to watch one match last night, my choice was Daria Kasatkina #48 v Monica Puig #67. Monica Puig has been a top 50 player and she’s headed in the right direction again. I like her. Daria is the new kid on the block in the top 50, and I love watching the Russian teen play.

They split the first two sets and Monica was serving ahead in the decider:
Monica Puig had a match point at 5-4 and I thought she’d get it. But Daria Kasatkina fought it off – didn’t give up an inch of ground, stood on the baseline and fearlessly dictated. Daria broke Monica to 5-5.

Daria held (both girls served well for the most part) and had a two match point’s at 6-5, but Monica, equally determined, fought them off, held serve to 6-6, and it went to a tie-break!

The tie-break was all Daria Kasatkina. The 18 yr. old simply had more left as in, energy to spare, calm and confident aggression, GSM, 6-4 3-6 7-6(2)

Best WTA match of the tournament so far 😎

Daria Kasatking will face 12th seed, Timea Bacsinszky, next.

All WTA matches are going to be great again today.

Van Persie Says:

Aga-Jankovic match is the most interesting from WTA today, imo

jalep Says:

Yeah, VP, should be close. I’ll go with JJ because of Aga’s movement being a bit hampered. Should be good though — guessing JJ will be very motivated.

And, I’m gonna try and see some ot Simon v Sascha before going to work. TC is covering Americans, Gibbs and Querrey. I’ll have to go find a stream…more likely follow live score.

Van Persie Says:

Hola Jalep,

have found a stream for you. Hope you can access it.
Zverev-Simon….Simon should win today

Van Persie Says:

^^ have a nice working day ;)

jalep Says:

Can’t keep it straight. Johnson is playing Kei, not Querrey. Querrey v Tsonga later.

Sascha a break up on Simon already. hahaha, jeepers. And holds 2-0.

But Simon dropped the first set v Pospy last match and won the next 2 sets easily so…

Van Persie Says:

I see both matches. One in TV, one on laptop, as usual :)

Van Persie Says:

Sascha is good at the net

Van Persie Says:

Come on, Nishi!!!

jalep Says:

Thanks for the link again ☺

I only have an hour to watch, unfortunately. Could be here all day!

Van Persie Says:

my pleasure Jalep ;)

Van Persie Says:

6-2 for Sascha, wkn the 1

Nishi broke back, 5-4 for Johnson. Nishi serves

jalep Says:

Yay Kei broke Johnson and will try to even it. Go Kei!

Sascha got the 1st set! But I don’t trust Gilles. This is how he won v Pospy.

And tiny Nicole Gibbs up a break on Petra?

Van Persie Says:

Wow. Sascha broke in the 2 already

Van Persie Says:

rebreak Simon :)

jalep Says:

Simon breaks back!

I’m actually a big Simon fan, too, Van Persie. Love watching him move – so fast and smart.

Come on, Sascha hang in there, buddy…

I book marked the stream, VP. It’s a good one.

Sasch breaks Simon, Golly!

Gibbs got the 1st set – she’s a qualifier 😮😮😮😮😮

jalep Says:

Omg, It’s 4-1 for Sascha in the 2nd set. Can he do it in 2 sets?! double break up…

Van Persie Says:

Simon does not feal very well, ..problems with his back. I heard once that his back is to straight, that leads to problems…
I like Simon.

I guess Sascha wins today. 4-1 in the 2

Well done Nishi ;) Got the TB

jalep Says:

Things going swimmingly on the score board, Van Persie. Kei won 1st TB, Kvitova may have righted the ship. And our guy is on en fuegooo!

And it’s time for me to go. Adios, VP. Always a pleasure to have the company for a match. Vamos Nole 💪

Van Persie Says:

Adios muchacha, see U soon ;)

Van Persie Says:

Sascha won, big congrats!
Sorry for Simon

Van Persie Says:

Zverev will play next the winner from Rafa-Nando match. Interesting

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