Harriet Dart eliminated from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells by the powerful American Madison Keys; despite his defeat, the Briton will climb into the top 100 after a magnificent qualifying run in the Californian desert
Last update: 03/15/22 23:43
Harriet Dart’s Indian Wells adventure ended Tuesday in the hands of American Madison Keys.
Dart had already scored stunning wins over world No. 18 Elina Svitolina and Kaia Kanepi, but she couldn’t handle the power of the Australian Open semi-finalist and lost 6-1 6-4 in the California desert.
The 25-year-old Londoner, who qualified to reach the main draw at one of the biggest events outside of the Grand Slam, is guaranteed to break into the top 100 for the first time despite losing the last 16 of the event. .
Halep wins the Romanian derby
Simona Halep dispatched fellow Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-1 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals for the fifth time.
Former world No. 1 Halep, who won the WTA 1000 event seven years ago, sailed through the first set with help from her error-prone opponent.
Cirstea took a 2-0 lead to start the second but the two-time major champion fought back, sealing victory when the world No. 27 fired a backhand wide on match point.
A beaming Halep gave the TV cameras a kiss, raised her fist and enthusiastically waved to the crowd at Stadium One after winning the Romanian derby.
“It was a good game,” Halep said. “I think I played really well in the first set. The second set I started missing a bit. But overall it was a great game and I’m super happy with the win.
“I think everyone is a little stressed when they play against someone from the same country. But I can say that I’m used to it. I’ve played so many times with all the Romanians. But with her, I don’t haven’t played in the last 12 years, so it was something new.
“I feel happy slowly finding my rhythm. I find joy in being on the court, competing and also fighting for every point I play.”
Next up for Halep is Petra Martic after the Croatian beat Ludmilla Samsonova 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.
Iga Swiatek stormed back to record a 4-6 6-2 6-3 win over former World No. 1 and fellow Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber in their first meeting.
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