Indian Wells 2022 season: Marketa Vondrousova beats Anett Kontaveit

Czech, Marketa Vondrousova

 The 30th seed defeated fourth seed Anett Kontaveit 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 in 2 hours 50 minutes to advance to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. The tennis player, who won a Tokyo Olympic silver medal last season, trailed by a break at 2-4 in the third set before coming back and claiming victory. Thanks to this victory, he is now leading 3-1 in head to head against Estonian tennis player Kontaveit. 

The Czechs won their first two meetings, including in the first round of Wimbledon last season, but the fourth seed beat the Czech en route to winning the title in Moscow last season. However, despite holding on to the lead in the third set, Kontaveit failed to equalize their head to head after the Czech showed tenacity to collect her first win over a top 10 player since reaching the Tokyo Olympics final. Runner-up French Open 2019, Vondrousova is now one win away from matching her best achievement at the BNP Paribas Open.

 She reached the quarter-finals at Indian Wells in 2019 when she defeated then-world number 2 Simona Halep in the fourth round.
Meanwhile, the defeat hampered Kontaveit's brilliant move, which last season brought him to the top 5 rankings. He has reached seven finals of the last 12 tournaments he has played in and won five of them. Despite the defeat, the fourth-seeded's 14 wins this season made her the second woman with the most wins after Iga Swiatek, who has 16 wins this season. The Estonian made it to the final of the season's first WTA level 1000 tournament in Doha before finishing as runner up after losing to Swiatek. Vondrousova will next face 21st seed Veronika Kudermetova in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open for the first time in their career. 

Kudermetova, playing under a neutral flag, advanced to the next round after her opponent and compatriot of Vondrousova, Marie Bouzkova withdrew from the third round due to a right ankle injury. World number 24 Kudermetova won the first set 6-4 over world number 97 Bouzkova, who was 2-0 up in the second when she decided to withdraw.

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