VCO Player Field Update: Indian Wells
Action is set for the fourth round in Indian Wells, and five of the players from our Volvo Car Open field will take the court today. There are some great match-ups in store for all you fans out there. Here is a little forecast of what’s to come from Charleston players today out in California.
WTA No. 7 Caroline Garcia - Garcia received a first round BYE to advance to the round of 64. There, she defeated Jennifer Brady in two sets 6-4, 6-4. In the third round, Garcia faced off against fellow WTA Top 50 and Volvo Car Open opponent Daria Gavrilova. Garcia fought past Gavrilova to come away with a two set, 7-5, 6-4, victory. In the fourth round, the World No. 7 will take on the current World No. 10 Angelique Kerber, in what should be a great match up of WTA heavyweights.
WTA No. 19 Daria Kasatkina - Our 2017 champ has been playing some inspired tennis as of late, and this tournament has been no exception. Kasatkina received a BYE in the first round of to face Karolina Siniakova in the round of 64. Siniakova retired from the match with Kasatkina leading in the second set to make the final score 6-2, 5-2. Next, Kasatkina drew our 2016 champion and World No. 13, Sloane Stephens. Kasatkina went on to defeat Stephens 6-4, 6-3. The Russian will face World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round. Play begins March 13 at 9 pm ET.
World No. 20 Anastija Sevastova - After a first round BYE, Sevastova drew Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in the second round. Sevastova survived a slight scare to move past Puig 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. In her third round match, Sevastova faced World No. 12 and Volvo Car Open player Julia Goerges. She seemed unphased by the challenge, defeating the German 6-3, 6-3 to advance. Sevastova has been playing strong, but will have her work cut out for her in the fourth round as she faces the always dangerous Venus Williams. Match play is set to begin March 13 at 5:55 pm ET.
World No. 44 Naomi Osaka vs World No. 58 Maria Sakkari - Another pleasant surprise in this tournament has been the play of Naomi Osaka. Starting out with a strong performance against the veteran Maria Sharapova, Osaka won her first round match 6-4, 6-4 to advance. She then went on to defeat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-2, and later Sachia Vickery 6-3, 6-3. She defeated three straight top 100 opponents to arrive at the round of 16.
Sakkari, has exceeded expectations so far in the tournament, beating her first round opponent easily and then moving on to upset another athlete from our player field, Ashleigh Barty, downing the World No. 21 6-4, 6-2 in two sets. The young Greek then went on to upset the World No. 16 CoCo Vandeweghe to secure herself a spot in the round of 16.
Today’s match will be the only one that features two Volvo Car Open contenders. Match play is set to begin March 13 at 4:35 pm ET.
The Volvo Car Open is very pleased to see our player field performing so strongly in other tournaments, and it only builds on our excitement for April when these wonderful athletes will make their way to Charleston. Good luck to all of our contenders still in tournament play in Indian Wells!