Coco Gauff needs a third set, but defeats Swede Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 to reach the Quarterfinals at Indian Wells
Coco Gauff rallied from a break down in the final set to beat Swede Rebecca Peterson 6-3 1-6 6-4 and reach the Indian Wells quarter-finals for the first time on Tuesday.
After taking the first set, the sixth-seeded American began to struggle with her forehand in the second and an opportunistic Peterson began to apply pressure by coming into the net.
But after suffering an early break in the decider, Gauff stepped up her defence, fending off three break points at 4-4 and breaking Peterson for a fourth time on match point to book her spot in the last eight.
Gauff, who turned 19 on Monday, was serenaded with a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ after the match by the partisan crowd in the Southern California desert.
‘Today, it was just a mental thing, staying in the match,’ Gauff said.
It was a struggle for Coco Gauff in her fourth round match, but she was able to overcome
It took three sets for Gauff to down Swede Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 at Indian Wells
Gauff took the first set, but struggled with her forehand in the second set vs. Peterson
But Gauff prevailed – fixing her defense and breaking Peterson to win the final set
Gauff is set to face the winner of the match between Aryna Sabalenka & Barbora Krejcikova
‘I wasn’t playing my best in some moments and wasn’t serving as well as I’d like to, but I think my mentality kept me in today.’
Next up for Gauff is a meeting with either Belarusian second seed Aryna Sabalenka or Czech 16th seed Barbora Krejcikova, who play later on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, seventh seed Maria Sakkari outlasted big-serving Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4 5-7 6-3 in a two-hour and 45-minute marathon to reach the quarters.
With the win the Greek keeps alive her hopes of capturing a first Indian Wells crown after making the final last year.
Sakkari will next face either third-seeded American Jessica Pegula or Czech 15th seed Petra Kvitova for a semi-final spot.