With quarterfinal berths on the line on Thursday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, American Jessica Pegula along with a plethora of players from the women’s international contingent punched their tickets into the final eight in the desert.
Pegula, who earned a main draw wild card into last year’s BNP Paribas Open and has been playing the best tennis of her career since the start of 2019, defeated countrywoman Shelby Rogers 7-6(4), 6-2. In the day’s opening match on Court 4, the World No. 78 was firing on all cylinders en route to setting up a fourth-round matchup vs. Irina-Camelia Begu.
Begu, a Romanian WTA veteran, was too much for Kristie Ahn on Thursday afternoon, as she emerged victorious 6-3, 6-3 in just over an hour and a half of match time.
2009 BNP Paribas Open champion Vera Zvonareva brought back some of the vintage form that got her to No.2 in the world to take out No.1 seed Katerina Siniakova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. She will face another WTA stalwart in Laura Siegemund, who was first off the court today with a speedy 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kurumi Nara.
Elsewhere in International advances, Japanese Misaki Doi took down tournament No. 3 seed Bernarda Pera in a thrilling 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Doi has been impressive all week, downing Asia Muhammad on Wednesday after her initial round bye.
She’ll meet Yanina Wickmayer during Friday’s quarterfinal play, as the Belgian also advanced with a 6-1, 7-6(6) victory over Austria’s Barbara Haas.
Rounding out the day’s singles action, Lesia Tsurenko stormed past Britain’s Katie Boulter 6-3, 6-3. The Ukrainian, who has won four WTA career titles, seems to be playing her way into form after two tough three set matches in her opening rounds. She will next play another WTA titlist in Olga Danilovic. The Serbian took out No.8 seed Zhu Lin in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.