Poland’s Iga Świątek defeated former U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu 6-3 7-6(1) to make it to the fourth round at Indian Wells on Monday and set up a meeting with Emma Raducanu, who notched up her biggest win since her own run to the Flushing Meadows title.
The top seed has been in superb form on hardcourts since the Australian Open, capturing the Doha title and reaching the final in Dubai, and the Polish player looked set for another comfortable win after cruising through the opening set.
The reigning U.S. Open champion found herself in trouble at 2-4 in the next set but battled back to close out the match in the tiebreak.
“She (Andreescu) changed the rhythm pretty well and with this surface it can get tough… But I’m pretty happy I was solid most of the times, at least,” Świątek said.
Driving it home 👊— wta (@WTA) March 14, 2023
No.1 seed @iga_swiatek moves past Andreescu in a tight 6-3, 7-6(1) win!#TennisParadise pic.twitter.com/s9SfGzupLg
Unseeded Raducanu, who has been sidelined by injuries and illnesses that have kept her out of action since the Australian Open, earlier beat 13th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-1 2-6 6-4.
Stays winning 🇵🇱@iga_swiatek | #TennisParadise pic.twitter.com/U8SMCi82Nq— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 14, 2023