Alison Riske defeated Garbine Muguruza in a stunning comeback win at Indian Wells. After dropping the first set 0-6 and being down 0-3 in the second, the world No.53 resurged to a 0-6 6-3 6-1 victory in the second round.
After letting the first set get away from her, Riske surged with tremendous crowd support. With renewed energy she pulled Muguruza into long rallies, giving her opponent plenty of room for unforced errors. The Spaniard was visibility frustrated, just narrowly missing the line on point after point. Muguruza was unable to gather herself and find the calm confidence she started with, allowing Riske to run away with the third set for her first career Top 10 win since Wuhan in 2019.
Going into the match, they were 2:2 in previous encounters, with Riske having won the two most recent. She cited this record when speaking with the press after the victory: “I did feel, despite how poorly I was playing, if I could just scrap through a couple games, get myself on the board, I was actually going to have a chance. That’s actually how it unfolded. She double-faulted for me to break her serve to go 3-2. I really had a good feeling about that afterwards.” Riske added, “I do pride myself on always fighting regardless of what the situation is.” (photos: Jimmie48)