INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA
Kristina Mladenovic kept up her blistering form in the California desert, willing through a late wobble against No.4 seed and 2015 champion simona halep. 6-3, 6-3 to reach the round of 16 at the bnp Paribas open.
"We always had very tough battles," she said in her post-match press conference. "I was actually up in our head to head, 2-1. That's not very often against a Top 5 player!"
"I think that match was a big win for me, physically. I was there solid and hanging in there and putting sometimes balls back and being brave. I perfectly played the game plan I had. Solid at times, make her play balls and making her take some risk at the time. Sometimes when I had the shorter one, like, stepping in it, playing my heavy shots with the forehand, and I think that worked pretty well today."