Second-seeded Iga Swiatek of Poland won 79.2 percent of her first-serve points on Friday while cruising to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Croatia’s Petra Martic in second-round play at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
Swiatek won nine of the first 10 games en route to the 71-minute victory.
“I just wanted to be aggressive from the beginning and not let her play her game,” Swiatek said. “In the second set, I lost focus for one game and she broke me pretty fast, so I knew I just had to keep going and not stop for a second time.”
Swiatek will next face 25th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova, who posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory over fellow Russian Liudmila Samsonova.
Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine notched a 6-2, 7-5 victory over the Czech Republic’s Tereza Martincova. Ninth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 win over American Madison Keys, and No. 11 Simona Halep of Romania registered a 7-6 (2), 6-1 victory over Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine.
Lucky loser Jasmine Paolini of Italy scored an upset by dispatching 14th-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in 2 hours, 49 minutes.
Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, seeded 24th, rolled to an easy 6-3, 6-0 win over Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan, while No. 27 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus advanced when Magda Linette of Poland retired with a ankle injury while trailing 7-5, 3-0.
Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu topped No. 31 Jil Teichmann of Switzerland 7-5, 6-1, and No. 32 Sorana Cirstea of Romania recorded a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Japan’s Misaki Doi.
Also, unseeded American Shelby Rogers was a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova.
–Field Level Media