Sat, 16 Oct 2021

Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia sent fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain packing on Saturday with a solid 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif.

The victory was Tomljanovic's fourth over a Top 10 player in her career. Muguruza is ranked sixth in the world.

"I was really looking forward to playing Garbine, because I did lose (to her) the last couple of times," Tomljanovic said after the victory. "I did try to focus on that one time I beat her, and tried to channel that energy, so I was really happy that I got through today."

Tomljanovic improved to 2-3 against Muguruza with her other victory coming in 2014.

Tomljanovic next faces 26th-seeded Tamara Zidansek of Slovakia. Zidansek moved on by defeating Ana Konjuh of Croatia 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic recorded six aces while dispatching Poland's Magdalena Frech 7-5, 6-2. Pliskova will next face the winner of Saturday night's match between Egypt's Mayar Sherif and Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Third-seeded Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic advanced with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan. Krejcikova will next face American Amanda Anisimova, who recorded a 6-4, 6-1 victory over 30th-seeded Camila Giorgi of Italy.

No. 12 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia outlasted Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3. Jabeur will face the winner of Saturday night's all-American clash between 22nd-seeded Danielle Collins and Lauren Davis.

American Coco Gauff, seeded 15th, racked up 12 aces while registering a 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-1 triumph over France's Caroline Garcia. Gauff next faces No. 21 Paula Badosa of Spain, who beat Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

No. 18 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia was leading 6-3, 5-2 when Italy's Martina Trevisan retired. Kontaveit will face the winner of Saturday night's match between American Alison Riske and 16th-seeded Bianca Andreescu of Canada.

Russia's Anna Kalinskaya posted a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win over 28th-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain. Kalinskaya will face the winner of Saturday night's match between sixth-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece and Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic.

--Field Level Media

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