Rebeka Masarova suffers a painful comeback against American Peyton Stearns in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) in their duel for the first round of the WTA 1000 series in Indian Wells.
Rebekah Masarova He played his third match of the week, having gone through the qualifying round without losing sets, against both Hovde and Bjorklund. His competition in this first round of the main series was Peyton Stearns, one of the wild cards in this BNP Paribas Open. The local player has grown explosively at the beginning of the year, with her ITF title in Rome and already in the WTA quarterfinals in Austin.
Stearn blames Masarova
A better start to the game for Masarova, who managed to take a 2-1 lead with a quick break and take over the goal. But there came a moment of uncertainty in the set with four consecutive breaks. before that, the Spaniard maintained his lead in the set and then took the first set 6-4. Everything was still fully adjusted in the second set, but now with no breaks, so a small difference could determine the course of this set. The pressure fell on the shoulders of a local tennis player supported by the crowd. At a critical moment, Stearns made the long-awaited break and took the set another 6-4.
The final set started uphill for Masarova, who had to save six break points in the second game, but in doing so, her confidence seemed to rise, and in fact she had a favorable opportunity in the next game, which she also saved. by Stearns. The American took advantage of a later key opportunity to leave a 5-3 lead, but Rebeka fought back to level the scores at 4-5. Continuing the trend, the Spaniard was going to make some mistakes in a row and was going to give up his serve again. The American won the third final 6-4.