Angelique will not advance to the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open tournament after she lost to No. 3 seed Iga Swiatek in a hard-fought 3-setter. The match ended with a scoreline of 6-4, 2-6, 3-6 and was the first match-up between the two.
Reported by WTA Staff
After an early exchange of breaks, Kerber took charge in the first set with a break for 3-2 after two straight double faults by Swiatek. Kerber let a 5-2 double-break lead slide back to 5-4, but the German held on to capture the one-set lead.
In the second set, a run of five straight breaks put Swiatek ahead 4-2, and the Pole ended that streak with a commanding love hold to take a sturdy 5-2 lead. In the next game, Swiatek drew errors from Kerber to clinch another service break and tie up the match.
Swiatek started the third set with two more love holds, but Kerber still struck first in the decider, slamming a backhand winner to break for 3-2. However, Swiatek regrouped and finished off a rally with a forehand winner on break point in the very next game, reclaiming parity.
That unlocked a dominant run for Swiatek, who held at love once more, then earned another break of the Kerber serve to lead 5-3. An unreturnable serve closed out the match in the next game, and Swiatek had once again pulled off a three-set comeback.