World No. 1 Simona Halep survived a fiercely determined wildcard, 19-year-old Caroline Dolehide, as the Romanian rallied back from a first set loss to win 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 in the third round of the Indian Wells on Monday.
She [Caroline] is playing really, really well,” said Halep “And I never played against her, so I didn’t know how the ball is coming.
“Was pretty tough in the first set. I played too flat and too fast… In the end, I think I was stronger on the legs. Also, you know, when I had to finish the point, I did.
“I’m really, really happy about this victory. Was tough down there. And many, like, respect to her, because she’s playing really good tennis.”
The top seed will next face China’s Wang Qiang, who defeated 14th seed Kristina Mkadenovic of France, 6-1, 6-2.
Meanwhile, Petra Kvitova’s winning streak was brought to an end, astonishingly, by 16-year-old Amanda Anisimova.
In what was the biggest win her career, the American teenager, who’s ranked 149, dumped the two-time Wimbledon champion out of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-2, 6-4 victory in just over an hour.
“It feels so crazy, I’m really shaking right now,” Anisimova said in her on-court interview after the match. “It’s the biggest stage I’ve ever played on and the strongest player I’ve ever played against. It’s just crazy.”
“She’s an amazing player, I’m pretty sure she was on a like 15 matches winning streak.
“I was so nervous by tried to play my best,” said Anisimova, who ended Kvitova’s 14 match-winning streak.
The 16-year-old will play Karolina Pliskova in the fourth round.
Elsewhere, Angelique Kerber beat Ekaterina Makarova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, while Jelena Ostapenka lost to Petra Martic 6-3, 6-3.