Top seed Carolina Pliskova was knocked out of the WTA Indian Wells tournament on Monday, losing 6-3, 7-5 in straight sets to non-seeded batters Haddad Maya in the third round match.
Playing in the air on one of the outfielders at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Haddad Maya of Brazil took a 3-1 lead in the second set before the Czechs picked up their game.
Haddad Maya won the match on her second set point when Pliskova threw a backhand from the top of her racket, sending the ball into the air to end the contest, which took two hours to complete.
World number three Pleskova hit five 21s but had 12 double faults. He won only 25% of his second serve points and broke his serve eight times.
The lucky loser, Haddad Maya, competed against Estonia’s Annette Connaught in the round of 16.
The Red Hot Continent beat defending champion Bianca Andresco 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 in the third round to continue their excellent form.
Connaught, ranked 18th, extended his winning streak to eight in a row and continued his dominance over Andersco, winning all three of his career matches against Canada.
“I feel very good in court,” said Conte Weitt, 25. “I have a lot of confidence.” I am happy and have been able to enjoy it. It’s a big part of why I’ve been playing so well lately. “
This was Andresco’s first loss in Indian Wells. Two years ago, she became the first wildcard to win a women’s title.
“I didn’t play my best game and I didn’t feel my best,” Andersko said. I don’t think she played her best tennis but she was the best player of today. “
The tournament, which features both men’s and women’s arenas, is usually held in March, but Coved 19 returned to the California desert this fall after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus.
Martina Noratilova (1990-91) remains the only female athlete to successfully defend the title.
Andersco, 21, won his first Grand Slam title in 2019 at the Indian Wells, Toronto and US Open.
Andersco’s defeat leaves only one previous winner in the women’s draw, Victoria Azarenka, who won twice in 2012 and 2016. Azarenka has already reached the fourth round where she will face Alexandra Sasnovich, who defeated former world number one Simona Halp in the third round. .
Andersco took a 3-1 lead in the second set on Monday and it looked like he had found his game but then there were a lot of unforgivable mistakes as the contestant won it in the first set point.
In the men’s draw, Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman defeated Great Britain’s Daniel Evans 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 and Norway’s Casper Road defeated South Africa’s Lloyd Harris 6-7 (4/7), 6-4. Defeated by 6. -4.