The American women are off and running on a balmy Tuesday morning in the desert, as first and second round WTA matches are set to take place throughout the day.Let’s take a deep dive into the most notable results so far:
Usue Arconada, 2019 Oracle Challenger Series New Haven finalist and current third place holder on the Road to Indian Wells Leaderboard, started off the second of play in style at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The young American was more than ready for her first-round matchup against Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya, employing a creative mix of service play and crisp defensive instincts included saving 83% (10/12) of Kalinskaya’s break point opportunities.
As she hopes to keep her 2020 BNP Paribas Open wild card dreams alive, Arconada next meets another American – No. 14 seed Kristie Ahn – in the second round.
In a match that finished just minutes later, Oracle Challenger Series veteran Jessica Pegula became the first woman to reach the third round in Indian Wells after downing Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-4, 7-6(5).
Pegula, who won a main draw wild card into last year’s BNP Paribas Open due to her impressive performances throughout the 2018-2019 Oracle Challenger Series, is a consistent threat to make a deep run whenever she steps on court. The World No. 78 played the best tennis of her career in 2019 and is looking to parlay that into another groundbreaking year in 2020.
Although not currently near the top of the leaderboard, Pegula will have her chance to make an impression in the desert with a myriad of exciting matchups to come.
Elsewhere, perennial contender Lesia Tsurenko overcame American qualifier Danielle Lao in a hard-fought battle on Court 8. The Ukrainian Tsurenko has been a women’s player to watch for years and boasts four WTA singles titles as well as six doubles victories throughout her career.
She was simply too much for Lao on Tuesday, ultimately moving on to the second round in a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 triumph. She meets No. 16 seed Varvara Gracheva next.
While CoCo Vandeweghe’s 2019-2020 Oracle Challenger Series success in Houston made her a contender to watch on the women’s side this week, she fell to China’s Wang Xinyu in a surprising second result in the desert.
Xinyu was strong and steady all Tuesday afternoon, giving the heralded American few opportunities to recover after taking the opening set tiebreaker. After emerging victorious 7-6(7), 6-2, she sets up another tough match against No. 3 seed Bernarda Pera.
In one of the most anticipated matches of the second round, 2009 BNP Paribas Open Champion Vera Zvonareva took down 2011 US Open Champion Samantha Stosur – 16 years after their first meeting in Fed Cup in 2004. Stosur, who owns an 8-2 head-to-head record over the Russian, took the opening set 7-5. But the former World No.2 Zvonareva switched gears and ran away with the match 6-2, 6-2 in the second and third.