Indian Wells Masters: Belinda Bencic notches 1st tour win of 2017, Heather Watson beats Nicole Gibbs

Indian Wells: Britain's Heather Watson beat American Nicole Gibbs 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Watson will face No 11 Johanna Konta in the second round.

Belinda Bencic won her first WTA main draw match on Wednesday. Image courtesy: Facebook/@BNPPARIBASOPEN

Belinda Bencic won her first WTA main draw match on Wednesday. Image courtesy: Facebook/@BNPPARIBASOPEN

Former No 1 Martina Hingis and double partner Yung-Jan Chan beat Raquel Atawo and Yifan Xu 6-1, 6-4.

China's Qiang Wang, ranked No 60, won one of the tightest matches of the day, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 over Ukraine' Kateryna Bondarenko. Wang will play No 10 Elina Svitolina in the next round.

Puerto Rico's Monica Puig would have faced Serena Williams after beating American Danielle Collins 6-0, 6-2, but Williams pulled out Tuesday because of knee issues. Puig will face No 3 Karolina Pliskova.

Karolina's sister Krystina knocked out wildcard Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-0, 6-3 in her first round. She next faces upcoming teenager Daria Kastakina.

Belinda Bencic's looked back in form on Wednesday as she defeated Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-4, 6-1, to reach the second round. This was the Swiss teenagers' first WTA main draw win of 2017.

Sweden's Elias Ymer may have had the upset of the day with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka in men's qualifying play. Ymer is No 158 in the ATP ranking, and Nishioka 70th.

With inputs from AP


Published Date: Mar 09, 2017 04:46 pm | Updated Date: Mar 09, 2017 05:13 pm

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