Harriet Dart produced one other sensational show as she continued her best-ever run at a WTA 1000 occasion with a straight-set victory over Kaia Kanepi on the BNP Paribas Open.
After coming via qualifying, Dart secured her place within the fourth spherical in Indian Wells with a superb 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory over former high 20 participant Kanepi of Estonia in a single hour and 40 minutes to arrange a conflict towards Madison Keys.
The win can even see the British participant transfer into the WTA high 100 for the primary time, having began the match exterior the highest 120.
Identical court docket, similar outcome.Qualifier Harriet Dart beats Kaia Kanepi 7-6 6-3 to maneuver into the fourth spherical @BNPPARIBASOPEN and, per week from now, the world’s high 100 pic.twitter.com/BkLUmVpVZh
— Russell Fuller (@russellcfuller) March 14, 2022
The British No 2 – who defeated former world No 1 Elina Svitolina in three units within the second spherical – bounced again from an early break as Kanepi opened up a 3-1 lead. Though Dart hit again instantly in sport 5, her opponent broke once more within the subsequent sport for a 4-2 lead.
They had been again on serve in serve in sport 9 because the 25-year-old bought the break again just for Kanepi to vogue two set factors within the subsequent sport. Dart saved each after which edged the tie-breaker.
Dart then broke to like in sport six of the set set and, after the Estonian saved a match level in sport eight, the world No 122 accomplished the job on her third match level within the subsequent sport.
The win noticed Dart transfer as much as a provisional No 99 within the WTA Rankings and she or he faces former US Open runner-up Keys for a spot within the quarter-final. American Keys defeated her compatriot Alison Riske 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.