Aliaksandra Sasnovich booked a clash with the WTA’s most well liked superstar Wednesday, downing Maria Camila Osorio in straight devices to be triumphant in a second-round meeting with Emma Raducanu at Indian Wells.
Sasnovich, a 27-year-ragged from Belarus ranked 100th in the sphere, saved nine of the 10 smash facets she faced to emerge with the 6-0, 6-4 first-round victory and advance to a gathering with Raducanu, the British 18-year-ragged whose urge to the US Originate title final month electrified the tennis world.
Raducanu, who modified into the main qualifier to expend a Colossal Slam title, arrived at Indian Wells with out a coach, having parted company with Andrew Richardson after her victory at Flushing Meadows.
As she continues her gaze for a permanent coach, broken-down pro Jeremy Bates is serving to her out at Indian Wells, where Raducanu stated she “cannot wait to commence up” on her campaign.
Britain’s Andy Murray stated it looked Raducanu had plenty of savvy — on and off the court docket — to retain her steep trajectory.
“On the total what separates the elite athletes from per chance that stage correct below is that skill to learn shortly and course of files shortly,” Murray stated when quizzed about his young compatriot on Wednesday. “Now no longer all people can attain that.
“I’ve no longer spent plenty of time on a tennis court docket alongside with her. Nonetheless in total elite athletes enjoy that quality and I would no longer be taken aback if she has that.
“She’s obviously a in fact orderly participant and fleet learner,” Murray stated.
Murray, a broken-down world number one still fighting relieve from a hip hurt, is phase of an ATP Indian Wells Masters arena that will compare a brand new champion crowned.
A wrist hurt has sidelined defending champion Dominic Thiem, whereas the four men who prevailed sooner than him — Juan Martin del Potro, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal — are all absent.
Men’s play begins on Thursday.
In diverse first-round WTA movement on Wednesday, broken-down US Originate champion Sloane Stephens rallied from a save and a smash appropriate down to beat Heather Watson 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-1.
From 5-5 in the second save, Stephens won seven video games in a row for correct her third expend over Britain’s Watson in eight profession meetings.
“She’s always a gigantic-tricky opponent and I always grasp up for taking part in her,” Stephens stated. “I correct competed in fact smartly. After the main save, that used to be disappointing to lose that one, nonetheless I felt esteem it used to be a fight and I was still in the match.”
France’s Alize Cornet defeated Romanian qualifier Gabriela Ruse 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) to position up a second-round match with Leylah Fernandez, the 19-year-ragged Canadian who made her occupy scintillating urge to the US Originate last final month handiest to discontinue runner-as much as Raducanu.