WTA roundup: Coco Gauff battles back at BNP Paribas Open


Third-seeded American Coco Gauff rallied from a daunting third-set deficit to pick up a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over France’s Clara Burel on Saturday in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

Burel seemingly had a trip to the third round booked, leading 5-2 in the final set, but Gauff won three games in a row to even things at 5. Gauff later fell behind 6-5 before forcing a tiebreaker, where she was the one that took control, going up 6-2 and eventually winning on her third match point.

Gauff, who turns 20 on Wednesday, is the first woman to record 50 wins at the WTA 1000 level as a teenager.

“Yeah, I didn’t know that. I thought a couple people were ahead of me. Well, that’s pretty cool,” Gauff said of her record. “Hopefully I can close this chapter of my life off good. I’m really happy with how my teenage years went. I did everything that I wanted to do.”

In the next round, Gauff is set to face Lucia Bronzetti of Italy, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina, the No. 32 seed, on Saturday.

The United States’ Sloane Stephens, Anna Blinkova of Russia and France’s Diane Parry also pulled off upsets. Stephens topped 19th-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 7-5, while Blinkova ousted No. 5 seed Jessica Pegula of the United States 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Parry beat 29th-seeded Canadian Leylah Fernandez 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.

Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska, the No. 30 seed, also saw her tournament run come to an end, having to retire against Englishwoman Emma Raducanu.

Other winners Saturday included No. 18 seed Madison Keys of the U.S., 11th-seeded Russian Daria Kasatkina, Greek ninth seed Maria Sakkari, No. 24 seed Elise Mertens of Belgium, French 20th seed Caroline Garcia, American Caroline Dolehide and Japan’s Naomi Osaka.