In Round 2 WTA action over on Court 8, American and No. 2 seed Alison Riske found herself in a heated battle against Yanina Wickmayer. In a match that took just under two hours to complete, Riske fought back from a tough opening set to overtake Wickmayer 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Wickmayer, who was a doubles finalist at the Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach last month alongside partner Taylor Townsend, utilized strong service including eight aces to jump out to an early lead. She broke Riske several times on her way to a 6-3 advantage and looked primed to hand the tournament’s No. 2 seed a surprising second round loss.
It was a different story in the second frame, as Riske refocused to start the set fresh. Behind a (50/83) 60% conversion rate on her first serve, she reversed the roles of the opening set and took the set 6-3 to even the match.
Riske continued her momentum into the third and final set, as she once again dominated the opening games and turned in another 6-3 performance to close out Wickmayer’s hopes of advancing in Indian Wells.
Riske, who at No. 52 is the highest ranked woman in the entire field, is set to face fellow American Jennifer Brady next with a spot in the round of 16 on the line.