Coco Gauff rallies to win at Indian Wells

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Coco Gauff Overcomes Early Deficit at BNP Paribas Open

In a thrilling comeback, Coco Gauff managed to avoid an early exit from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Facing off against Clara Burel, Gauff battled back from a 4-0 and 5-2 deficit to eventually secure a hard-fought victory with a scoreline of 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Despite being the US Open women’s champion, Gauff found herself on the brink of defeat, with Burel threatening to pull off another major upset. Burel, currently ranked No. 47, had previously stunned No. 5 Jessica Pegula at the Australian Open earlier this year.

Looking ahead, the third-seeded Gauff will now face Lucia Bronzetti in the third round of the tournament. Bronzetti, after defeating No. 32 Anhelina Kalinina with a score of 6-3, 6-4, will pose a new challenge for Gauff in the upcoming match.

Meanwhile, tennis fans also witnessed Novak Djokovic back in action at Indian Wells for the first time since 2019. The 24-time Grand Slam singles champion aimed to etch his name alongside Rafael Nadal as one of the rare few players to achieve 400 victories in Masters 1000 series events.

A five-time champion at Indian Wells, Djokovic’s return to the court garnered significant attention from spectators and critics alike, eager to see if he could add to his already illustrious record at the tournament.

On a day filled with intense matches, other notable players made their mark as well. No. 28 Cameron Norrie, the reigning 2021 champion at Indian Wells, displayed his prowess by defeating Lorenzo Sonego with scores of 6-4, 6-4. Additionally, No. 14 Ugo Humbert and No. 21 Adrian Mannarino both secured victories, while Arthur Fils of France ousted No. 23 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina with a solid performance.

Adding to the excitement, Emma Raducanu, another former US Open women’s champion, advanced to the third round following No. 30-seeded Dayana Yastremska’s retirement when Raducanu held a commanding 4-0 lead.

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