Former Prime 10 participant Caroline Garcia will probably be American teenager Coco Gauff’s first opponent in her debut on the BNP Paribas Open, after the Frenchwoman sealed a 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Belgian qualifier Kirsten Flipkens in Indian Wells on Thursday.
Checking in at World No. 59 within the rankings within the rankings this week, the previous World No. 4 gained 9 straight video games to seal a 2 hour, 9-minute opening spherical and first-ever hardcourt victory towards Flipkens, who returned to the tour final week in Chicago after six months off with an ankle harm.
The comeback snapped a seven-set shedding streak for Garcia, as she’d misplaced her final three matches in straight units relationship again to the second spherical of the US Open.
“We have had a few battles prior to now and from what I bear in mind, each time, it was three units more often than not. She began the match very nicely. She’s coming from qualies so she’s very assured, and for me, it has been a troublesome preparation,” Garcia stated.
“I used to be slightly bit not feeling like myself, however I stored preventing on each level. I feel actually improved and the top of the primary set, it was actually shut. The second set was going extra my manner however she stored battling, and I stayed extra stable.”
With Garcia overcoming the one-set deficit (and minor wardrobe malfunction), she and Gauff, seeded No. 15 within the singles draw, will play for the primary time.
Whereas the Frenchwoman was sealing her victory, the 17-year-old American was additionally in motion on Thursday, however with a companion by her facet.
Gauff and her fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez, of their first matches since reaching the US Open doubles and singles finals, respectively, eased to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Irina-Camelia Begu and Renata Voracova in doubles motion in Palm Springs.
Additionally coming from a set right down to seal a second-round berth with a final-set bagel was Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova, who battled again towards Polona Hercog in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory. The previous World No. 11 would be the first opponent for No. 12 seed Ons Jabeur.
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