Muguruza avoids upset, battles into fourth round of Indian Wells

Sunday, Mar 12

World No. 7 and 2016 Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain avoided a massive upset by 17-year-old Kayla Day on the United States in the third round of Indian Wells winning 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Day cruised in the first set, only being troubled on serve once to surrender one of her two breaks. A tight second set went the way of the experienced Spaniard and it was one-way traffic from there.

After saving five break points in the second set, Muguruza battled back for the impressive comeback win to move into the fourth round in Indian Wells. She will face an in-form Elina Svitolina of Ukraine next.

Svitolina continued her fine form to defeat Australian Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-1 in third round action to book her meeting with Muguruza. Their head-to-head record is even with two wins each.

Muguruza won the pair’s first two encounters at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2012 but Svitolina has won both meetings in 2016 on the hard courts of Dubai and Tokyo. Svitolina currently holds a 15-match winning streak heading in to this match, which is sure to become a thriller.

Across the grounds, No. 11 seed Johanna Konta (Great Britain) became the highest seed to be eliminated from Indian Wells in four days of action on the women’s side. No. 21 seed Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia pulled off the upset with a clinical 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(1) comeback.

Feature photo via BNP Paribas Open.