Sinner Sweeps Away Shelton, Wozniacki Wins Over Kerber At Indian Wells; Gauff Turns 20!

In the featured match at the Indian Wells tennis masters on Tuesday, Jannik Sinner upped his win streak to 18 dismissing Ben Shelton 7-6(4), 6-1.

Sinner’s 150th career hard court win didn’t come without problems. The Italian served for the first at 5-4 but wasn’t up to the mark.

In the very next game, Sinner had love-40 on the Shelton serve but again was denied. In the breaker, Sinner built a quick 4-1 lead before the American again got to level, but this time Sinner wouldn’t let go.

“I think were many important points, especially in the first set. Even before the tiebreak I had to save some breakpoints quite early on. I was up in the tiebreak. Made couple of mistakes. Then he played a really good point at 4-1, and, you know, these are all points which are really, really important.

“Happy about the first set, how I reacted. Yeah, let’s see what’s coming the next round.”

Defending champion Carlos Alcaraz avenged a Rome loss last year to Fabian Maroszan, thumping the Hungarian 6-3, 6-3.

“Let’s say almost perfect,” Alcaraz said. “I always say I can be better, can play better. But really happy with the way that I approach the match, the way that I played, and my feelings.

“I think I moved well. I controlled very well the timing of the match. In the toughest points, toughest moments, breakpoints down, breakpoints up, I managed very well that timing. Yeah, my confidence is getting higher.”

Jiri Lehecka continued his good run easing past Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4.

In the women’s bracket, the battle of former No. 1s went to Caroline Wozniacki who beat Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-2. Wozniacki will now face Swiatek in the quarterfinals.

“Obviously she’s playing good tennis, playing powerfully,” Wozniacki said of the world No. 1. “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 and also playing against her 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.”

Today, the men finish their round of 16 while the women begin their quarterfinals. Coco Gauff will play on her 20th birthday against Elise Mertens.

Stadium 1 – 11 a.m.
Emma Navarro vs. Aryna Sabalenka
Not before 1 p.m.
Elise Mertens vs. Coco Gauff
Daniil Medvedev vs. Grigor Dimitrov

6 p.m.
Taylor Fritz vs. Holger Rune
Wesley Koolhof/Nikola Mektic vs. Kevin Krawietz/Tim Puetz

Stadium 2 – 11 a.m.
Casper Ruud vs. Gael Monfils
Luca Nardi vs. Tommy Paul

3 p.m.
Diane Parry vs. Maria Sakkari
6 p.m.
Yue Yuan vs. Daria Kasatkina

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