Sakkari wins after slow start

tennis12 March 2023 21:44| © AFP
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Maria Sakkari © Gallo Images

Maria Sakkari, 2022 women's runner-up, shook off a slow start to beat Ukraine's Anehelina Kalinini 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the fourth round at Indian Wells on Sunday.

Sakkari, the seventh seed, needed two and a half hours to seal her second straight come-from-behind victory.

She was down a break in both the second and third sets, but held on and will face either Veronika Kudermetova or Karolina Pliskova for a place in the quarterfinals.

Other women's matches on Sunday's slate included third-seeded American Jessica Pegula taking on Anastasia Potapova and fifth-seeded American Coco Gauff facing Czech Linda Noskova.

Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus was due to cap the action on Stadium Court against Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko.