Last year’s Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek took full advantage of her status as a Grand Slam winner to reach the third round round of the Indian Wells Masters on Friday.

The Pole ranked fourth and seeded second made her main draw  debut after losing in qualifying as an unheralded teenager two years ago, defeating Petra Martic 6-1, 6-3, in 71 minutes.

Swiatek got away to a fast start in the Californian desert, sweeping nine of the first 10 games, though her opponent did save three set points in the opening set before finally going down to an eventual defeat

Croat Martic struck back brieflly as she broke twice while trailing a set and 3-0; but Swiatek prevailed in the end as she broke for a sixth time to take victory.

Swiatek had little trouble in remembering her modest debut here:

“In 2019, I wasn’t playing that confident, but I’m really happy that times have changed now.
“There are many (new) places (for her). I couldn’t finish my season in 2019, and last year, we only had six tournaments, so it’s pretty exciting.

“In the second set, I lost focus for one game and she broke me pretty fast, so I knew I just had to keep going and not stop for a second time.”.

The seed next faces Veronika Kudermetova, who defeated fellow Russian Liudmila Samsonova, 6-2, 6-3.


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