American Lauren Davis will remain in the desert for another week. The A+ efforts made by this Oracle Challenger Series regular has paid off as she secures the fourth and final BNP Paribas Open wild card.
While Davis was eliminated early in the Oracle Challenger Series Indian Wells event this week her stellar performances in both Houston and Newport Beach earned her enough points to position second in the Road to Indian Wells, behind Jessica Pegula who was awarded her wild card a couple of days ago.
Davis’ Road to Indian Wells began in Chicago where she fought her way through qualifying only to fall to Madison Brengle in the first round. With renewed vigor, Davis made her presence known in Houston where she battled through qualifying all the way to the finals, taking out Kristina Kukova, compatriot Nicole Gibbs, Catherine Sebov and Sofya Zhuk on the way. Davis ultimately fell to number one seed Peng Shuai in the finals but earned enough points to take a considerable lead on the leaderboard.
Newport Beach proved another good tournament for Davis who advanced through the draw to the semifinals, eliminating Sesil Karatantcheva, Renata Zarazua and fellow Americans Varvara Lepchenko and Taylor Townsend. While Davis did fall to fellow American Jessica Pegula in the semifinals, the points she accumulated in the past events were enough to keep her at the top of the leaderboard by one point coming into Indian Wells. Eventually Pegula edged past her on the leaderboard, claiming the first wild card, with the second being awarded to Davis.
No stranger to Tennis Paradise, Davis, who was once ranked as high as World No. 26 in 2017, is excited to make the most out of this chance. “The Oracle Challenger Series gives us the opportunity to play one of the best tournaments in the world,” notes Davis. “Indian Wells, in my opinion, is like the fifth Grand Slam.” Davis has seen success in the desert in past years, defeating then World No. 4 Victoria Azarenka in the second round in 2014 and advancing to the fourth round in both 2014 and 2017.
Keep an eye out for Davis when WTA main draw action gets underway on Wednesday, March 6th in Indian Wells.