In a highly-anticipated WTA matchup vital to determining who will earn the wild cards into the main draw of the 2019 BNP Paribas Open, No. 9 seed Taylor Townsend took on fellow American Sachia Vickery on day two of play in Indian Wells. It was Townsend who came out on top, besting Vickery in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 in a match that took just over an hour to play.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair, with Vickery jumping out to an early lead before Townsend rallied late to move ahead. Operating off the strength of her serve, including (5) aces and (38/55) 69% of service points won, Townsend eventually overcame a strong challenge from Vickery to take the opening set 7-5.
The match looked primed to be tightly contested all the way through to the end, based on how even the two competitors were throughout the first set. But Townsend would not let up, as she rode the momentum of her first set victory into a much more dominant performance to close out the match. She broke Vickery several times and finished off a straight set win with a 6-2 advantage to move on to the second round here in Indian Wells.
Townsend is coming off of a strong performance at the Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach just last month, where she reached the quarterfinals in singles and was a doubles finalist alongside partner Yanina Wickmayer.
Holding 29 points on the Road to Indian Wells Leaderboard coming into the week, she will give herself a chance to earn one of the wild cards into the 2019 BNP Paribas Open if she can have her best Oracle Challenger Series performance yet.