Bencic, Ivanovic lose at Indian Wells

Swiss seventh seed Belinda Bencic and former champion Ana Ivanovic crashed out in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Monday. 

Bencic was sent packing by Magdalena Rybarikov with the Slovak winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a match lasting just over two hours.

In the first set, Bencic had her serve broken twice to lose the set 6-4 but she came straight back at her opponent in the second by breaking Rybarikov’s serve in the fourth game to take the match to a decider.

Things went with serve until Bencic lost her’s in the fourth game but she broke back after a marathon seventh game on her fourth break point. The 97th-ranked Rybarikova was not to be denied and broke straight back to hold serve and claim the match and set 6-3. In an upset, 18th seed Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic hammered 14th seed Ivanovic 6-2, 6-0 winning ten games on the trot for the win in a match lasting 49 minutes.

“We’ve played a few times already and I’ve always won. But I think I played really good tennis today and I’m happy that I made (the next round) so fast,” said Pliskova after her win.

In other third round matches, 13th seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Zhang Shuai of China 6-4, 6-3 while Italian ninth seed Roberta Vinci downed 17th seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-1, 6-3.

British 25th seed Johanna Konta beat Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic 6-4, 6-1 and Russia’s Darya Kasatkina spent two hours and 44 minutes on court to finally get past Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2).

Australian 26th seed Samantha Stosur took three sets to defeat Christina McHale of the US 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 while 12th seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland beat Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.