The strong youth come out of Day Two at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Thursday. Americans Christina McHale and Lauren Davis walked out victorious in their matches that also included Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan and Eugenie Bouchard of Canada who had a hard fought match only to win it in three sets against Risa Ozaki of Japan.
Diyas and Davis both had the early starts to the day with the Kazak facing American Jamie Loeb who she got a great run against in the first set. She took it 6-1 maintaining her first serve at 75 percent landing 17 of 24 and winning all three break points that came to her. The second set saw Loeb making a push back into contention but the 22 year old held her ground on Stadium 5 and got into the second round in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Davis had a slightly longer match against Japan’s Nao Hibino who she struggled against on both sides of the ball. Despite playing at 46 percent, she fought for every possible point getting through a tie through four before winning the opening set 6-2. The second didn’t get any easier as Hibino found herself in the same boat trying to show a strong game on court but dealt with problems with her game as well. She did get a lead against Davis but in the end fell to the American 6-4 ending the 1 hour and 45 minute bout.
The one American that had the strongest day was McHale who knocked out dark horse contender Caroline Garcia of France. Garcia had the fight against McHale but the energy that the American had on returns and ball placement made her the one in charge during the late stages of the set. The same occurred in the second with McHale fighting back and forth with Garcia before pushing ahead after eight games to win the 94 minute match and becoming the fourth of five from the U.S. to make it out of the opening round.
When it looked like Bouchard wouldn’t get out of the first round, the Canadian rallied back from a 6-2 loss in the first set to win a tight second set 6-4 that took nearly twice as longer as Ozaki got her 29 minute win in the first. Bouchard took control in the third breaking away after two games to dictate the set. She got out to 5-1 before giving the Japanese star a final win before the ball was put back into Bouchard’s hands for the match.
She had a good start to the game but had a slight hiccup before closing things down in just under two hours. “My opponent played really well,” Bouchard said about Ozaki to Andrew Krasny during the on court interview. “She got a lot of balls back so she made me work for it so it’s a tough first round but glad to be through to the second round.” She’ll face Sloane Stephens this weekend where it’ll require much effort for the fatigued Canadian to stick around.