Halep Spoils Gauff’s Birthday At Indian Wells, Raducanu Falls; Badosa, Kvitova Mon.
Coco Gauff’s 18th birthday was spoiled by Simona Halep who rolled the teen 6-3, 6-4 in the third round at the Indian Wells Masters Sunday night.
Halep, who also beat Gauff at Wimbledon in 2019, got ahead early then broke Gauff in the second set for the win.
“It was a little bit difficult because it was windy. I’m really pleased with the way I played. I think I played a smart tennis,” said Halep. “I’ve been focused and I moved pretty well.”
Gauff falls to 0-2 against the Halep.
“I thought she played well,” Gauff said. “I thought I had a lot of chances, a couple break points here and there. Overall I think it was a good match. She has a great level and I knew that coming into it. I think I was making the right decisions, just not executing them.”
Halep will now meet countrywoman Sorana Cristea.
Teens had a tough day in general as two 19-year-olds also lost. Clara Tauson got bounced by new tournament favorite Iga Swiatek 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-1. US Open champion Emma Raducanu also fell going down to 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-5. The Brit served for the match in the third but failed, in part she said due to a back issue.
“It was a rollercoaster of emotions, obviously it was a really tough match,” Martic said. “I managed to turn it around, and I’m really happy with today’s win.
“It was difficult to lose that first set after being a break up. And then, the same thing in the third. But I managed to let go, just stay in the moment, and play one point at a time.”
Angelique Kerber and Madison Keys were also winners.
Today, the third round concludes with former champions Victoria Azarenka and Paula Badosa in action along with Elise Mertens and Petra Kvitova who battles Maria Sakkari.
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