Indian Wells Tennis 2019: Early Scores and Results from Monday

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 11, 2019

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 11: Alexander Zverev of Germany walks back to the baseline between points while playing Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 11, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Alexander Zverev was knocked out of Indian Wells 2019 on Monday after German countryman Jan-Lennard Struff easily bested his third-round opponent 6-3, 6-1.

No. 3 seed Zverev recently overcame illness before the California competition but didn't look his usual self as Struff made light work of his foe to set up a fourth-round fixture opposite Milos Raonic.

Raonic survived a scare against underdog Marcos Giron to progress with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win, while Ivo Karlovic beat Prajnesh Gunneswaran in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Angelique Kerber hit back from a set down to edge Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, and she'll face ninth seed Aryna Sabalenka following her straight-sets beating of Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko.

No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova clinched a routine 6-3, 6-2 win over Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure. She'll take on 21st seed Anett Kontaveit, who conserved energy after 11th seed Anastasija Sevatsova retired at 5-0 down in their third-round meeting.


Monday's Early Results

Men's Singles

(13) Milos Raonic bt. Marcos Giron: 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Ivo Karlovic bt. Prajnesh Gunneswaran: 6-3, 7-6 (3)

Jan-Lennard Struff bt. (3) Alexander Zverev: 6-3, 6-1


Women's Singles

(21) Anett Kontaveit bt. (11) Anastasija Sevatsova (retired): 5-0

(8) Angelique Kerber bt. Natalia Vikhlyantseva: 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

(5) Karolina Pliskova bt. Ysaline Bonaventure: 6-3, 6-2

(9) Aryna Sabalenka bt. (24) Lesia Tsurenko: 6-2, 7-5



Things didn't go as bad as his opening-match exit at Indian Wells 2018, but Zverev will nevertheless be badly disappointed to have exited in the early phases once more following Monday's swift defeat to Struff.

Despite having played a game more than his opponent in California, Struff took his second straight-sets result of the competition so far and went through their match without suffering a break. 

Zverev was visibly angered at points and took his frustrations out on his racquet, having not fared much better than last year's second-round departure. Tennis writer Christopher Clarey hinted there was something not right with the 21-year-old:

Christopher Clarey @christophclarey

Sascha Zverev, looking very out of sorts, finishes with a double fault and loses 6-3, 6-1 to compatriot Jan-Lennard Struff in Round 3 of Indian Wells.

Whether it was a hangover from his recent illness or the wrong tactical approach to Struff—who already knocked John Millman and Ricardas Berankis out—Zverev will have to wait at least another year for Indian Wells honours.

The chances look decidely better for Raonic, meanwhile, after he thundered back from 1-4 down in the third and final set of his clash with Giron to pull off an unlikely comeback, via Tennis TV:

Tennis TV @TennisTV

Canadian comeback! @milosraonic recovers from a set down to defeat Marcos Giron 4-6 6-4 6-4 and advance to the last 16 #BNPPO19 https://t.co/8cPu4lbPIO

The Canadian may fancy himself more so against Struff than he would have against Zverev, though it's clear a difficult German enemy stands in his way regardless.

American Giron had achieved upsets against Alex de Minaur and Jeremy Chardy to reach the third round, and he continued to impress even on his way out of the reckoning, via ATP Tour:

Gunneswaran was also forced out of the running following a straight-sets loss to Karlovic, but he too managed to give a good account of his abilities in defeat:

Tennis TV @TennisTV

He may be going home, but Gunneswaran certainly wowed us 😮 #BNPPO19 @PrajneshGP 🇮🇳 https://t.co/04ayFfWetL

Kontaveit was in the ascendancy early on against Latvian Sevastova, who looked emotional as she was forced to retire at 5-0 down, via the WTA:


Anastasija Sevastova has been forced to retire from her match. Anett Kontaveit is through to the @BNPPARIBASOPEN 4th round, 5-0 (ret). https://t.co/AND0cByLlm

That result marked one surprise in the women's competition, and Vikhlyantseva almost rounded off another before Kerber came to in their second set and regained momentum to advance. 

Kerber dropped three breaks in a disastrous first set but restored form to swing the balance back in her favour late on, per sportswriter Jose Morgado:

José Morgado @josemorgado

Angelique Kerber wins 11 of the last 13 games to beat Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 and reach the last 16 in Indian Wells.

The German will be promised an even greater challenge against No. 9 seed Sabalenka, who also showed some signs of weakness in the third round but saw off Tsurenko in straight sets.