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Caroline Wozniacki sets up quarter final match against Iga Swiatek in Indian Wells

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Caroline Wozniacki beat Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-2 at the BNP Paribas Open to reach her sixth quarter final at Indian Wells. 

Wozniacki won the Indian Wells title in 2020 at the age of 20. The Dane has become the third player with the most WTA-1000 quarter finals since the format was introduced in 2009 with 37 surpassing Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka.  

Wozniacki earned two breaks in the second and sixth games and served for the first set at 5-1, but Kerber pulled both breaks back at 4-5. After a medical time-out due to a blister on her toe Wozniacki broke Kerber for the third time with a forehand to close out the first set 6-4. 

Wozniacki opened up a 2-0 lead at the start of the second set when she broke Kerber for the fourth time. Kerber called for a medical time-out due to a lower back issue. Wozniacki broke for the second time on her first match point in the eighth game, when Kerber sent two backhands into the net. 

“I don’t take anything for granted. I took a very long break. To be back here in this sport. I am just enjoying myself. I am just enjoying myself. I am thrilled I get another match”, said Wozniacki. 

Wozniacki has claimed her 156th win at a WTA 1000 hard-court tournament, equalling Agnieszka Radwanska. 

Wozniacki set up a quarter final match against Iga Swiatek, who cruised past world number 79 Yulia Putintseva 6-1 6-2 to reach her third consecutive quarter final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. 

Swiatek reeled off eight consecutive games from 1-1 to take control of match at 6-1 3-0 with four breaks. Both players traded breaks twice in the next four games, as Swiatek opened up a 5-2 lead. The Polish player served out the win on her first match point. 

Swiatek is aiming to win her second WTA 1000 title of the season one month after claiming her title in Doha. She has not lost before the semifinal stage at a WTA 1000 tournament since Rome 2023. 

“I want to keep my standards high no matter what’s going on, and I think this match was a test for my mental training that I did. I am happy with the way I was focused. I did not really care about what’s going on. I am prepared that many things can happen on court”, said Swiatek. 

Swiatek will face Wozniacki for the second time in her career and for the first time since their first head-to-head match in Toronto 2019, when Swiatek beat Wozniacki 1-6 6-3 6-4. 

“Obviously Swiatek is playing good tennis, playing powerfully. I practiced with her as well a few times after I have come back, during the US Open as well. I know how she plays, but it’s one thing knowing how she plays in a full match. I know that I have to play my best tennis to compete against her, and that’s what I hope to do”, said Wozniacki. 

The winner of the match between Swiatek and Wozniacki will face Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk or Anastasia Potapova. 

Kostyuk beat Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-1 to reach her first quarter final at Indian Wells and the first at WTA 1000 level. Kostyuk has become the first player from the Ukraine to reach the quarter finals at Indian Wells since Elina Svitolina in 2021. No Ukrainian player has ever reached the final at Indian Wells. Potapova ended Jasmine Paolini’s seven-match win streak with a scoreline of 7-5 0-6 6-3 to reach her second WTA 1000 quarter final. 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins his milestone 400th match on the ATP Tour

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Roberto Bautista Agut came back from one set down to beat Australian Open doubles finalist Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 1 minute at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. 

Vavassori earned an early break in the first game. The Italian player earned three break points in the seventh game, but Bautista Agut saved them. The Spanish player broke straight back in the eighth game. Vavassori broke again in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and saved two break points before closing out the first set 6-4 on his second set point. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games of the second set. Vavassori earned a break point in the fifth game, but he did not convert it. Bautista Agut broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face any break points to win the second set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1. 

Bautista Agut reached the 400th milestone win on the ATP Tour.  The Spanish player has become the 13th active player with at least 400 ATP Tour wins. He achieved 20 wins against members of the top 10, ten wins against top 5 players and four against world number 1s. Bautista Agut is one of the nine players, who have beaten Novak Djokovic as World number 1 more than twice. 

“For me it’s just a number. The important thing is that I have done great work over these years, that I have a very consistent career, a career that I can feel proud of “, said Bautista Agut. 

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Martina Trevisan beats Naomi Osaka to reach the second round in Rouen

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Martina Trevisan upset former world number 1 Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-2 in the opening round of the Open Capfinances Rouen Metropole. 

Osaka has played her first clay-court match since Roland Garros 2022, where she lost to Amanda Anisimova. The Japanese player has not won a match on clay since beating Anastasia Potapova in the first round of the Madrid Mutua Open in 2022. She helped Japan beat Kazakhstan in the Billie Jean King Cup. 

Trevisan reached the quarter final in 2020 and the semifinal in 2022 at Roland Garros. The former world number 18 won her only title in Rabat in 2022. She reached the quarter finals of the Zaragoza ITF 100 tournament. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games. Osaka earned two break points at 3-2 and three more chances at 4-3, but she was not able to convert them. Trevisan broke serve in the ninth game following a series of forehand errors. 

Trevisan broke twice in the third and seventh games and served out the win on her first match point. 

Sixteen-year-old Mirra Andreeva beat Elina Avanesyan 7-5 6-4 in 1 hour and 41 minutes to reach her second quarter final of 2024. 

Andreeva went up a break in the seventh game, but Avanesyan pulled back on serve to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the second time in the 11th game to win the second set 7-5. Andreeva broke in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Avanesyan converted her third break-back point in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Andreeva broke serve at love in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Avanesyan broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the third time in the ninth game and served out the win on her second match point after saving two break points. 

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