Sloane Stephens outlasted Heather Watson 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-1 in her opening match on the BNP Paribas Open.
Stephens received 7 of 18 break factors She raced to a 5-0 lead within the third set earlier than Watson held, then served out the win. Watson had seven aces and 7 double faults on the arduous courts on the Indian Wells Tennis Backyard.
Stephens superior to a second-round match towards fellow American Jessica Pegula.
American Shelby Rogers, who upset top-ranked Ash Barty within the third spherical of the U.S. Open, was set to play Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine in an evening match. Individuals Madison Brengle, Madison Keys and qualifier Alycia Parks additionally performed later.
Males’s most important draw play begins Thursday.
Three-time main champion Andy Murray and four-time main champion Kim Clijsters acquired wild playing cards into the occasion. U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu and runner-up Leylah Fernandez are entered.
Digital Hawkeye cameras, beforehand in use on the event, will deal with line calls for each match. Chair umpires and ball children might be readily available.
The mixed ATP and WTA event is lacking among the sport’s greatest names, together with males’s No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Barty. Additionally out on males’s aspect are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The ladies’s draw is lacking Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. Second-ranked Aryna Sabalenka mentioned she examined optimistic for COVID-19 after arriving within the desert and is in isolation.
The event was moved from its ordinary March date due to the coronavirus pandemic.