No.3 seed Iga Swiatek had to come back from a set down to beat young Dane Clara Tauson 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-1 at Indian Wells on Sunday.
“I’m pretty happy that I was able to come back again this season from one set down,” Swiatek said.
“I felt like physically I’m really well prepared and I could use all my strengths, even after two hours of playing. So I’m pretty proud of that.
“The placement of her serve is pretty smart. It’s sometimes hard to predict where she’s going to serve and she’s serving pretty fast, so that was tricky.
“I think you have to put pressure on her too because she likes being aggressive as well and playing fast, and her hand is pretty strong.
“I feel like she was hitting full power sometimes when I didn’t put much pressure on her. So I needed to do that.”
Swiatek, 20, battled for an hour in the opening set, going from 4-2 up to losing losing it as the Dane’s returns proved too powerful as she took the final four points of the first-set tiebreak.
Swiatek came out fighting ion the second, jumping to a 4-1 lead before, at 5-2, she finished off the set with an unreturnable serve.
The Pole carried on that dominance in the third set, going up by two breaks to 4-1 then rolled off the last six games to take the match.