The second round of the 2016 ATP and WTA BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, unfolded Saturday, and the early action featured some drama.
But before breaking down the day's most important matches involving several of the tournament's top seeds, here's a complete look at the second-round results from the men's and women's sides.
|BNP Paribas at Indian Wells Results (March 12)|
|Men's Matchup||Result||Women's Matchup||Result|
|(2) Andy Murray vs. Marcel Granollers||Murray 6-4, 7-6 (3)||(2) Angelique Kerber vs. Denisa Allertova||Allertova 7-5, 7-5|
|(3) Stan Wawrinka vs. Illya Marchenko||Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2||(4) Garbine Muguruza vs. Christina McHale||McHale 7-5, 6-1|
|(6) Tomas Berdych vs. Juan Martin del Potro||Berdych 7-6 (4), 6-2||Anna-Lena Friedsam vs. Darya Kasatkina||Kasatkina 7-5, 6-3|
|(8) Richard Gasquet vs. Nicolas Mahut||Gasquet 6-4, 6-1||(7) Belinda Bencic vs. Lauren Davis||Bencic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3|
|(10) Marin Cilic vs. Ryan Harrison||Cilic 6-4, 6-3||(9) Roberta Vinci vs. Margarita Gasparyan||Vinci, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5)|
|(12) Milos Raonic vs. Inigo Cervantes||Raonic 6-1, 6-3||(12) Timea Bacsinszky vs. Tsvetana Pironkova||Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-1|
|(13) Gael Monfils vs. Pablo Carreno Busta||Monfils 7-5, 7-6 (1)||(13) Victoria Azarenka vs. Zarina Diyas||Azarenka 6-3, 6-2|
|(15) David Goffin vs. Frances Tiafoe||Goffin 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2)||(14) Ana Ivanovic vs. Camila Giorgi||Ivanovic 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5)|
|(17) Bernard Tomic vs. Rajeev Ram||Tomic 6-4, 7-5||(17) Elina Svitolina vs. Annika Beck||Svitolina 4-6, 7-6 (0), 6-1|
|(20) Viktor Troicki vs. Leonardo Mayer||Mayer 7-5, 6-3||(18) Karolina Pliskova vs. Shelby Rogers||Pliskova 6-2, 6-4|
|(22) Pablo Cuevas vs. Guido Pella||Pella 6-1, 4-6, 6-4||(20) Caroline Wozniacki vs. Zhang Shuai||Zhang 4-6, 7-6 (8), 7-5|
|(24) Nick Kyrgios vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas||Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (4), 7-5||(21) Sloane Stephens vs. Eugenie Bouchard||Bouchard 7-5, 7-5|
|(26) Alexandr Dolgopolov vs. Robin Haase||Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2||(25) Johanna Konta vs. Madison Brengle||Konta 6-4, 6-0|
|(28) Jeremy Chardy vs. Andrey Kuznetsov||Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-2||(26) Samantha Stosur vs. Yanina Wickmayer||Stosur 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6)|
|(29) Thomaz Bellucci vs. Borna Coric||Coric 6-2, 6-2||(28) Anna Schmiedlova vs. Monica Puig||Puig 6-1, 6-2|
|(32) Joao Sousa vs. Federico Delbonis||Delbonis 7-6 (6), 6-4||(31) Daria Gavrilova vs. Magdalena Rybarikova||Rybarikova 2-6, 7-5, 6-4|
Men's Breakdown and Reaction
After receiving a bye in the first round, Andy Murray took to the court for his first match at Indian Wells. And while the second set was a grind that ended in a 7-3 tiebreak, Murray withstood some solid shot-making by Marcel Granollers to secure a spot in the third round.
The tournament's official Twitter account shared a photo of Murray celebrating with the Indian Wells faithful:
BNP Paribas Open @BNPPARIBASOPEN
All fist pumps from @andy_murray #BNPPO16 https://t.co/7RL4jthiSE3/13/2016, 1:07:22 AM
Thanks to his straight-sets victory, Murray will face Federico Delbonis, who upset 32nd-ranked Joao Sousa, 7-6 (6), 6-4, on Saturday afternoon.
Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych also took care of Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets. After battling through the first set and taking the tiebreak 7-4, Berdych settled in and imposed his will against the 27-year-old.
"It's not easy [to] play against Tomas," del Potro said following the loss, according to ATPWorldTour.com. "He plays so aggressive all the time, and I had to run a lot today."
To that point, a scan of the match's final stats shows that Berdych won a stellar 89 percent of his first-serve points while holding steady in the return game. While del Potro won only 11 percent of his first-serve return points, Berdych posted a conversion rate of 31 percent.
However, Berdych can't get too comfortable. Up next is a showdown with rising star Borna Coric, who shredded Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, 6-2, 6-2, on Saturday. The 19-year-old may not have much on his resume, but his status as a massive underdog against Berdych could allow him to play freely and open up the possibility for an upset.
Women's Breakdown and Reaction
The biggest upset of the day came on the women's side, when unranked Denisa Allertova bounced No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5.
Although Kerber pushed the 23-year-old at times, the upstart youngster was up to the challenge. The WTA shared a replay of Allertova converting game point to put the world No. 2 away for good:
Huge win for Denisa Allertova! Knocks out Australian Open champ Angelique Kerber! #WTA https://t.co/Wj8JhHSX313/12/2016, 8:52:43 PM
"I just tried to play and just focus on every point, tried moving and playing into the court. ... I don't know, I just tried to play my best!" Allertova said following the upset, according to WTATennis.com. "Just amazing feelings right now because she's an amazing player."
Elsewhere in the world of ranked drama, No. 9 Roberta Vinci was nearly sent packing by Margarita Gasparyan, who bounced back from a shaky first set to tie things up by taking the second-set tiebreak, 9-7.
And while Gasparyan was in control and even held a 4-0 lead in the third set, Vinci stood tall, saved two match points and won the decisive frame in another tiebreak, 7-5.
Finally, American Christina McHale nabbed her third-ever win over a top-five opponent with a thorough 7-5, 6-1, defeat of No. 4 Garbine Muguruza, which she punctuated with an easy forehand winner, as the WTA documented on Twitter:
It's a 3rd career Top 5 win for @ChristinaMcHale! #WTA https://t.co/ihkPqeuR6D3/13/2016, 12:08:49 AM
The win could represent a turning point for McHale, who has battled through an up-and-down start to 2016 after failing to advance past the second round of all four majors a year ago.
Although she made it as far as the semifinals at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, McHale fell in straight sets at the Australian Open and retired from Monterrey in Round 2 because of dizziness.
McHale still has work to do before she catches up to the likes of Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and CoCo Vandeweghe, but Saturday's win could serve as a springboard as she looks to climb up the world rankings and into more esteemed territory.
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