Lauren Davis knows exactly what it takes to make a deep run at an Oracle Challenger Series event. She was a steady participant during the 2018-2019 Road to Indian Wells, traversing tough player fields in Houston, Newport Beach and Indian Wells on her way to earning a coveted wild card into the 2019 BNP Paribas Open. Now, the 25-year-old American has her sights set on a career performance this week in New Haven.
She got her tournament off to a strong start on Wednesday afternoon, defeating fellow American countrywoman Sophie Chang in three sets to advance to the third round. Davis has another All-American matchup ahead of her next, as she’ll face No. 15 seed Varvara Lepchenko.
There’s no doubt that Davis gained confidence from her impressive performances in last year’s Series, which include semifinals and finals appearances in Newport Beach and Houston respectively. She then took full advantage of her main draw wild card berth into the BNP Paribas Open, winning a first round matchup in straight sets over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.
Since then, Davis has clearly elevated her game to another level. In the biggest tournaments of 2019, she’s faced and defeated some of the most prevalent names in women’s tennis. Her summer included back-to-back wins over top-20 players, defeating World No. 14 Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon immediately followed by a three-set triumph over No. 20 Sofia Kenin.
Safe to say, there are few players at the Oracle Challenger Series, let alone the WTA Tour as a whole, who can match the accolades that Davis is putting together.
Now in New Haven, Davis has the chance to put it all together for her finest performance yet.