Los Angeles, US, Mar 15 (EFE).- Canada’s Leylah Fernandez defeated Shelby Rogers of the United States in the third round of the Indian Wells tournament to set up a round of 16 clash with reigning champion Paula Badosa.
21st-ranked Fernandez took one hour and 39 minutes to beat Rogers 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Monday night.
Earlier in the day, Spain’s Badosa, world no. 7, defeated her compatriot Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6 (4) and 6-1 in two hours.
The match began with six consecutive serve breaks before Badosa snapped the streak to go up 4-3.
The set eventually came to a tiebreak, when the defending champion took charge and won it 7-4.
Badosa then snapped up the second set 6-1 in 38 minutes to seal her win and move into the round of 16.
The match between Badosa and Fernandez will be played at center court on Tuesday.
Badosa is seeking to become the first woman to defend an Indian Wells title since Martina Navratilova did so in 1991. EFE