Usue Arconada has officially punched her ticket on the Road to Indian Wells, securing the final women’s wild card into the main draw of the 2020 BNP Paribas Open.
Competing at all four events throughout the 2019-2020 Challenger Series, the 21-year-old who was born in Buenos Aires and currently resides in Puerto Rico put together one of her finest career seasons and impressed tennis fans with notable wins across the coasts. After a dominant summer on the ITF circuit where she collected three of her four career titles, Arconada reached the finals of the Oracle Challenger Series New Haven in August, falling to eventual champion Anna Blinkova after blasting her way through the tournament without dropping a set.
She wasted no time in making her mark at the inaugural 2019-2020 event, besting a slew of worthy competitors including Tatjana Maria, Jana Cepelova and Heather Watson. Although she was unable to cap her dream run with a title, she solidified herself as a contender to watch.
Arconada would go on to notch additional victories over rising International and American prospects in Houston, Newport Beach and Indian Wells; highlighted by her flawless 6-0, 6-0 dominance against Hanna Chang in the Lone Star State. Collecting both ranking points and prize money across these stops, Arconada rose more than 45 spots in the WTA rankings since September’s event in New Haven as well as clinching one of two women’s wild cards into the 2020 BNP Paribas Open.
“It really means so much to me. Last year around this time I was just coming back from injury so to make it all the way to this point shows the progress I’ve made and what it took to earn myself this wild card.”
Upon receiving the sought-after wild card into next week’s Premier Mandatory in the desert, Arconada was quick to acknowledge the impact that Oracle is having on herself as well as other young American professionals.
“The Oracle Challenger Series gave me a lot of opportunities to stay in the United States and play tournaments against good competition. The first tournament in New Haven was a breakthrough for my career and a nice confidence builder.”
“It’s my first BNP Paribas Open main draw which I’m excited about, and I’m stoked to see what I can do here next week.”
Don’t miss Arconada and other rising Americans as they take the court at the 2020 BNP Paribas Open, which takes place from March 9 – 22 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.