INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Former World No.9 Timea Bacsinszky’s comeback to action hit another big milestone at the WTA 125K event in Indian Wells, where she came back from a set down to oust No.4 seed Kristina Mladenovic.
Mladenovic came into the Oracle Challenger Series event on a high after snapping a four-match tour-level losing streak at Dubai, where she stunned World No.1 Naomi Osaka in two sets on her way to the third round.
But Bacsinszky had her crashing down to earth after completing the comeback victory, triumphing 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to move into the third round.
The win is a boon for the No.114-ranked Bacsinszky, who is continuing her return to regular WTA action after injury woes left her on the sidelines. The Swiss player suffered a left-hand injury in 2017 and received surgery for it in 2018, spending much of last year recovering before hitting the tennis courts.
Bacsinszky has already started the season with a bang, reaching the quarterfinals in Sydney and backing it up with a third round appearance at the Australian Open.
Up next, Bacsinszky will take on either the United States’ Francesca Di Lorenzo in the third round or No.15 seed Zhu Lin, from China.
The rest of the Indian Wells 125K seeds had better luck on Tuesday, with No.8 seed Kristyna Pliskova, No.7 Kaia Kanepi and No.9 Taylor Townsend all moving on to the third round.
Pliskova had a fight on her hands from 18-year-old Olga Danilovic, and had to come back from a set down to win 2-6, 7-5, 7-5. The Czech’s big serve produced nine aces during the match - but Danilovic kept pace with eight aces of her own. Later, Kanepi seemed to have little problems in her 6-0, 6-2 rout of Allie Kiick, while Townsend fought through a close first set before crusing against Sachia Vickery, 7-5, 6-2.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Brady authored the day’s other upset, knocking out No.12 Madison Brengle in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1 to advance.
More to follow…