U.S. Women Make Waves
at Indian Wells
Arthur Kapetanakis | March 10, 2018
American women made waves on their home turf this week at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
Qualifier Sachia Vickery stunned world No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza with a stirring display of attack tennis. Vickery's aggressive game proved powerful, as she managed to come back after dropping the first set to the reigning Wimbledon champion.
The 22-year-old, who entered the Top 100 in the WTA rankings for the first time on Monday, hit 26 winners to turn the tide as she found her rhythm in front of a vocal crowd.
After taking the second set, Vickery rode the momentum for her first career Top 10 victory, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, in two hours, 12 minutes.
“I think at 3-0 [in the second set], we had some really long points, and I was like, ‘Run, put the ball in and do your best,’” she told wtatennis.com after the match. ADVERTISEMENT “I’ve just worked so hard for so many years and I’ve been so close… and this is just the most amazing night of my life and I couldn’t be happier.”
Amanda Anisimova, a 16-year-old wild card, scored an upset of her own against world No. 23 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-4, 6-1.
The 2017 US Open girls’ singles champion, who turned professional after winning the New York junior title, powered through the Russian in one hour. While the precocious talent already has a pair of Top 100 wins to her name, this was her first Top 80 scalp.
Caroline Dolehide joined her compatriots in the winner's circle with yet another upset. The Illinois native defeated world No. 30 Dominka Cibulkova, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. It was the 19-year-old’s first Top 30 win.
World No. 17 and 2017 Fed Cup champ CoCo Vandeweghe easily claimed her spot in the third round by defeating Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, 6-0, 7-6.
In the men's action, Tim Smyczek and Ernesto Escobedo both advanced, as did the doubles pairing of John Isner and Jack Sock.