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World No.1 Iga Swiatek Sets Up Showdown With Raducanu In Indian Wells



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Iga Swiatek fended off some stern resistance from former champion Bianca Andreescu to seal her place in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. 


The top seed battled to a 6-2, 7-6(1), victory after more than two hours of play. Swiatek managed to fight her way back from a break down in both sets as she won 62% of her first service points. Overall, she broke Andreescu five times in the match to record her second Tour victory over the Canadian after Rome last year. 

Switek’s roller-coaster victory was a stern contrast to her first match in Indian Wells where she dropped only one game against Claire Liu. However, the Pole said being tested was exactly what she needed at the tournament. 

“It was a really tight match. I’m really happy that I actually played such a tight match because now I see how I can handle those situations after a couple of matches that were kind of one way,” she said. 
“I think we both played well. I’m happy that in those important moments, I was the one that was more solid.”

Reunited with her coach Tomasz Wiktorowski in Indian Wells after being without him during the Middle East swing, Swiatek enlisted his help throughout her latest clash. Coaching is allowed during matches at Indian Wells under WTA rules. 

“He can see from a different perspective without emotions what was working,” she said of Wiktorowski. 
“Sometimes I have trouble with analyzing exactly what I have to do. So it was pretty simple stuff, basically like coming back to what we discussed before the match, and it was basically the same tactics.”

The 20-year-old has now won 14 matches this season against just three losses. She has already won a title in 2023 after triumphing at the Doha Open last month and was also a runner-up in Dubai. 

Awaiting Swiatek in the fourth round is a revitalized Emma Raducanu who has already produced a series of impressive results at the tournament. The former US Open champion defeated 13th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, in her third round match. Raducanu, who received a wild card into the tournament, also defeated Danka Kovinic and Magda Linette earlier in the tournament. 

“I think after playing her in Stuttgart I know how her shots feel on the racquet because before I haven’t even practiced with her,” Swiatek said of her next opponent.
“I think I have to really take care of the tactics anyway, and we’ll see. Honestly, like every day is different. The Stuttgart match was almost a year ago. So a long time ago.”

Swiatek is seeking to become only the second woman in history to defend her title at Indian Wells after Martina Navratilova. 

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Alexander Zverev beats Roman Safiulin to to claim his second title of the year in Chengdu



Alexander Zverev came back from a set and a break down to beat Roman Safiulin 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 at the Chengdu Open claiming the 21st title of his career. 


Zverev has moved to seventh seventh in the ATP Race to Turin boosting his chances of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals. 

Safiulin  saved three break points in the 10th game of the first set, which went on serve en route to the tie-break. Safiulin earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3. 

Safiulin earned an early break in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Zverev broke straight back and forced the second set  to a second tie-break. Zverev went up a mini-break three times, but Safiulin pulled back on serve each time. Zverev was two points from defeat at 5-5 in the tie-break of the second set but he won the final two points to win the second set. 

Zverev earned the decisive break in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead and closed out the win on his first match point. 

Zverev won his second title of the season after his triumph in home city Hamburg last July. “He is playing the best tennis of his life for sure. The way he was winning this week. I think he beat a lot of great players quite easily, so I think that he was playing well. Obviously, I am happy to be able to come back and to win this title”, said Zverev. 

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Daria Kasatkina beats Marta Kostyuk to advance to the second round in Tokyo



Daria Kasatkina came back from one set down to beat Marta Kostyuk 3-6 6-4 6-3 in 2 hours and 24 minutes reaching the second round at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. 


Katatkina is playing her first tournament since the US Open, where she lost to Aryna Sabalenka in the fourth round. 

Kasatkina set up a second round match against Greek qualifier Despina Papamichail, who beat Japanese lucky loser Sakura Hosogi 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 in 2 hours and 19 minutes. 

Kostyuk dropped just eight points on serve and broke serve in the fourth game to close out the first set 6-3. The second set featured nine service breaks in ten games. Kostyuk went up a break three times, but Kasatkina pulled back on serve each time. Kasatkina broke in the eighth and tenth games to seal the second set 6-4. 

Kostyuk went up a break twice in the third set, but she was broken back both times. Kasatkina drew level to 3-3, as Kostyuk made a overhead error, and won the final four games to seal the third set 6-4. 

Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova cruised past Donna Vekic 6-1 6-1 in just 74 minutes. Nineteen-year-old Linda Noskova saved one set point to beat Japanese lucky loser Himeno Sakatsume 6-2 7-5 setting up a second round against Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova. 

Ekaterina Aleksandrova came back from one set down to beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 7-5 in 2 hours and 21 minutes setting up a second round against Liudmila Samsonova. 

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Eight of the top 10 players in the line-up in Beijing



The China Open, an ATP 500 hard-court tournament, is taking place for the first time since 2019 after a long break due to covid-19. 


Eight of the top 10 players in the ATP Ranking are lining up in the Chinese capital. Carlos Alcaraz will face a qualifier in the first round before a clash against either Karen Khachanov or Lorenzo Musetti in the second round. Alcaraz won six titles this year in Buenos Aires, Indian Wells, Barcelona, Madrid, Queen’s and Wimbledon during a successful 2023 season. 

The Spanish player could face a quarter final against Roland Garros finalist Casper Ruud. The Norwegian player will play against Jan-Lennard Struff, who made his come-back from injury last week in Zhuhai. The German player finished runner-up to Carlos Alcaraz in Madrid and to Frances Tiafoe in Stuttgart in his two finals earlier this year. 

Holger Rune has been drawn in the top draw and could meet Jannik Sinner, who won his first Masters 1000 title in Toronto and reached the semifinal at Wimbledon. Sinner will face Dan Evans, who won the Washington Open last August. Rune, who is currently ranked eighth in the ATP Race to Turin, beat Sinner in the semifinal in Monte-Carlo. The Danish player will face Felix Auger Aliassime in the first round. 

Alexander Zverev will start his campaign against Diego Schwartzman in the first round and is seeded to face Stefanos Tsitsipas, who meets Nicolas Jarry. Zverev won his first title of the season in Hamburg and reached the semifinal in Cincinnati and the quarter final at the US Open. 

Andrey Rublev will take on Cameron Norrie in the bottom half. 

Chinese Next Gen player Shang Juncheng will play against Yoshihito Nishioka in an all Asian first round clash. Shang reached the quarter finals in Washington and Atlanta. 

The most interesting first round matches are: Andy Murray vs Alex De Minaur (Masters 1000 finalist in Toronto) and US Open finalist Danil Medvedev vs Tommy Paul. Murray could face Danil Medvedev in the second round. 

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