Alexandra Sasnovich clashed with the WTA’s most famous star on Wednesday, defeating Maria Camilla Assurio in straight sets to reach the second round meeting with Emma Radukano in India Wales.
Sasnovich, a 27-year-old from Belarus, is ranked 100th in the world, saving 9 of 10 breakpoints, which he faced with a 6-0, 6-4 first-round victory and a meeting with British Radukano. Advanced for The 18-year-old, who ran for the US Open title last month, has lit up the world of tennis.
Radukano, who became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title, arrived in Indian Wells without a coach, parting ways with Andrew Richardson after a victory at Flashing Meadows.
As she continues her search for a permanent coach, former supporter Jeremy Bates is helping her in Indian Wells, where Radukano said she “can’t wait to start” for her campaign.
Britain’s Andy Murray said Radukano appeared to be smart enough inside and outside the court to maintain his standing.
Asked about his young compatriot on Wednesday, Murray said: “What often separates elite players from below this level is their ability to learn quickly and process information quickly. Has the ability to. ” “Not everyone can do that.
I didn’t spend much time with him on the tennis court.
“She’s obviously a very smart player and quick learner,” Murray said.
Murray, the former world number one who is still battling a hip injury, is part of the ATP Indian Wells Masters Field where a new champion will be crowned.
The wrist injury has left defending champion Dominic Theme behind, while the four men before him – young Martin del Potro, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – are all absent.
The men’s game will start on Thursday.
In the second first round action of the WTA on Wednesday, former US Open champion Sloane Stephens rallied from one set and defeated Heather Watson 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-1.
5-5 in the second set, Stephens won seven games in a row for his third consecutive win against Watson of Great Britain in eight career meetings.
“He’s always been a tough opponent and I’m always looking forward to playing him,” Stephens said. “I just played very well. After the first set, it was disappointing to lose, but I felt it was a fight and I was still in the match.”
France’s Elise Carnet defeated Romania’s qualifier Gabriela Ross 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) to advance to the second round match against 19-year-old Canadian Leila Fernandez, who made it to the US Open final. Run. Last month, Radukano only had to finish the runner-up.