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At Indian Wells, Aryna Sabalenka Sent Packing; Daniil Medvedev, Coco Gauff Advance

<p>While Coco Gauff easily advanced, American Emma Navarro upset reigning Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka to reach the Indian Wells ATP-WTA Masters quarterfinals on Wednesday.</p>
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<p>On a windy Stadium Court, 23rd-ranked Navarro fought Sabalenka hard to win her first career match against a top-five player, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.</p>
<p>Third-seeded US Open winner Gauff defeated Belgian Elise Mertens 6-0, 6-2 to mark her 20th birthday.</p>
<p>Daniil Medvedev, the runner-up in the men’s singles tournament the previous year, had to contend with windy conditions but still managed to defeat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4.</p>
<p>Next up for Medvedev is seventh-seeded Holger Rune, who defeated 2022 champion Taylor Fritz 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 after saving a match point and storming through the second-set tiebreaker.</p>
<p>“The match was insane,” Rune said. By the conclusion of the second set, I was able to improve my performance. I just never stopped believing. I was always down in the match and had trouble breaking his serve, but as I settled into a rhythm, I played very well, particularly in the tiebreak, and I simply got more self-assurance.</p>
<p>According to Medvedev, his success in windy circumstances was largely due to his constancy.</p>
<p>“I believe I performed well overall. With only 13 unforced mistakes, I was really consistent,” said Medvedev, who took a step toward his first Indian Wells championship—the only hardcourt ATP Masters event he has never won.</p>
<p>In other men’s matches, American Tommy Paul defeated Italian Luca Nardi 6-4, 6-3 to put a stop to his fairytale week.</p>
<p>After a spectacular upset of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round, Nardi was a “lucky loser” after losing in qualification and earning a spot in the main tournament due to a withdrawal.</p>
<p>Paul will square off against ninth-seeded Casper Ruud, who overcame French seasoned player Gael Monfils 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, to secure a spot in the semifinals.</p>
<p>With this win against world No. 2 Sabalenka, Navarro has continued to have a successful season. The 22-year-old has already won the WTA championship in Hobart and advanced to the semi-finals in Auckland and San Diego.</p>
<p>Being able to play against someone like that and feel like I can hang and win is really great, the player said. “Over the years, I’ve put in a lot of effort to just sort of get to this position where I can play at a level that can rival that of the world’s top players.</p>
<p>She said, “I think that showed today.”</p>
<p>In contrast, Sabalenka has found it difficult after making a successful title defense in the first Grand Slam of the year. The Belarusian’s elimination in the fourth round comes after she lost her first match in Dubai earlier this month.</p>
<p>Navarro emerged victorious after they swapped three consecutive breaks in the third set to grab a 3-1 lead, following only two breaks of service between the two in the first two sets.</p>
<p>To win the match, she broke Sabalenka once more. Her final record was 22 wins to 14 unforced mistakes, whereas Sabalenka’s 38 wins were offset by 34 unforced errors.</p>
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<p>Although Sabalenka defeated American Peyton Stearns, ranked 64th, in her first round by saving four match points, she said that she never felt completely at ease in the California desert this year.</p>
<p>“I attempted to adapt,” she said. “We tried our hardest, and we’ll get better,”</p>
<p>Navarro’s next opponent is Greece’s Maria Sakkari, ranked tenth. Sakkari defeated France’s Diane Parry 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.</p>
<p>The next opponent for Gauff, who turned 20 on Wednesday, is Yuan Yue of China, who defeated Daria Kasatkina 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.</p>
<p>Gauff said that it felt fantastic to have won on her birthday, describing it as a “pretty straightforward” triumph.</p>
<p>The two quarterfinals on Thursday were previously scheduled: Australian Open winner Jannik Sinner will play Czech Jiri Lehecka, while reigning champion Carlos Alcaraz will face Alexander Zverev of Germany.</p>
<p>Iga Swiatek, the top-ranked woman in the world, will take on Caroline Wozniacki, a returning veteran, while Anastasia Potopova, a Russian, will take on Marta Kostyuk, a Ukrainian.</p>

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