The remaining three highest seeds in the draw at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells crashed out in the pre-quarter-finals on Tuesday. Jelena Ostapenko defeated the second-seeded Iga Swiatek, Paula Badosa took down third seed Barbora Krejcikova while Jessica Pegula ended the run of fourth seed, Elina Svitolina.
The 24th-seeded Ostapenko needed an hour and 33 minutes to post a 6-4, 6-3 win over the 2020 French Open titlist. Ostapenko, who won the French Open in 2017, had 25 winners and 21 unforced errors. While Swiatek took an early lead across both sets, she was eventually outplayed by the Latvian who broke back across each set to clinch the win in straight sets.
Speaking with the press after her win, Ostapenko shared, “I think I played very well. I didn’t give her any chances to play, because I think I was playing very aggressive and took the time away from her so she couldn’t do much against me. That was just the plan for the game, just to play my game and be aggressive, and I think I did it pretty well today.”
Ostapenko will play Shelby Rogers in the quarter-finals. The unseeded American notched an upset of her win, ousting 23rd seed and US Open finalist, Leylah Fernandez, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) in two hours and 34 minutes.
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Badosa, seeded 21st in the draw, also wrapped up a straight-sets victory over the 2021 French Open champion. Badosa won 6-1, 7-5 in an hour and 25 minutes, hitting 24 winners and 12 unforced errors. The Czech, on the other hand, had 20 winners and 28 unforced errors.
The Spaniard will play 10th seed, Angelique Kerber, for a chance to make it to the semi-finals. The German won 6-4, 6-1 against Ajla Tomljanovic in their round-of-16 clash.
Meanwhile, Pegula claimed a one-sided win over Svitolina, winning 6-1, 6-1 in an hour and eight minutes. The American, the 19th seed in the tournament, had 19 winners and 14 unforced errors while the Ukrainian finished with 18 winners and 27 unforced errors.
Pegula will play 27th seed Victoria Azarenka next. Azarenka won the Belarusian derby against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-3, 6-4 after an hour and 31 minutes of play.
Anett Kontaveit and Ons Jabeur completed the quarter-final line-up at Indian Wells. The Estonian, seeded 18th, defeated Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-0, 6-2 in their fourth-round clash. The Tunisian, seeded 12th, won against Russian Anna Kalinskaya 6-2, 6-2. Jabeur will debut in the top-10 of the WTA rankings on Monday, 18th October after her march to the quarters this week in California. In doing so, Jabeur will become the first player from the Arabian region to break into the top-10 of the rankings.