Elena Rybakina’s shocking exit marks 2024 Indian Wells Day 3: featuring Andy Murray, Iga Swiatek, Carlos Alcaraz, and Jannik Sinner

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Elena Rybakina’s shocking exit marks 2024 Indian Wells Day 3: featuring Andy Murray, Iga Swiatek, Carlos Alcaraz, and Jannik Sinner

L-R: Carlos Alcaraz, Elena Rybakina, and Jannik Sinner (Via Imago)

A successful day 3 at the 2024 Indian Wells took place, as a few seeded players started their tournament, establishing their place in the game. Featuring Jannik Sinner and Elena Rybakina, both the ATP and WTA draws managed to create quite a stir in the tournament. 

With the seeded players starting their leg of the tournament, the stadium’s seats were getting filled at a rapid pace, and the players did not fail the audience. 

The main attractions for the day were the defending champion Carlos Alcaraz and the Italian sensation Jannik Sinner. Both the players started their Indian Wells tournament effortlessly, sealing their spot in the next round. 

While one defending champion started his title defense well, the women’s defending champion, Elena Rybakina, had to withdraw from the tournament. However, the World No.1 Iga Swiatek, and No.7th Seed Marketa Vondrousova made it up for it with their dominant wins, respectively. 

Day 3 Indian Wells Results – Round of 64

Women’s Results

Winner LoserScoreline
Madison KeysHailey Baptiste6-4,4-6,7-6(4)
Nadia PodoroskaKayla Day7-6(3),6-4
Lind NoskovaCamila Giorgi6-3,7-5
Anna KalinskayaTaylor Townsend7-5,3-6,6-4
Katie VolynetsOns Jabeur6-4,6-4
Beatriz Haddad-MaiaRebecca Sramkova7-5,6-2
Anastasia PotapovaMarie Bouzkova7-5,6-1
Jasmine PaoliniTatjana Maria6-3,6-3
Marta Kostyuk Mai Hontama6-4,6-2
Viktoriya TomovaSofia Kenin6-4,7-6(5)
Caroline Wozniacki Donna Vekic7-6(5),6-3
Veronika KudermetovaNao Hibino6-1,7-5
Iga SwiatekDanielle Collins6-3,6-0
Diana ShnaiderAna Bogdan5-7,7-6(6),6-3
Yulia PutintsevaEkaterina Alexandrova7-5,6-1
Angelique Kerber Jelena Ostapenka5-7,6-3,6-3
Marketa VondrousovaBernarda Pera6-0,6-2
Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaNuria Parrizas-Diaz6-3,6-1

Men’s Results

WinnerLoser Scorecard
Frances TiafoeDusan Lajovic6-3,6-3
Thiago Seyboth-WildKaren Khachanov6-1,7-5
Jan-Lennard StruffBorna Coric6(3)-7,6-2,7-6(9)
Alexander BublikJuncheng Shang6-4,6-1
Carlos AlcarazMatteo Arnaldi6(5)-7,6-0,6-1
Jiri LeheckaBrandon Nakashima3-6,6-3,6-4
Tallon GriekspoorYannick Hanfmann6-3,6-3
Ben SheltonJakub Mensik4-6,6-3,6-4
Lukas KleinNicolas Moreno De Alboran7-6(8),6-4
Fabian MarozsanNicolas Jarry3-6,7-5,6-4
Roberto CarballesbaenaFlabio Cobolli6-4,6-4
Stefanos TsitsipasLucas Pouille6-3,6-3
Denis ShapovalovBotic Van De Zandschulp6-1,6-4
Andrey RublevAndy Murray7-6(3),6-1
Alexandre MullerHugo Grenier7-6(5),7-5
Zhang ZhizhenAleksandar Kovacevic6(2)-7,6-3,7-5
Alexander Zverev Christopher O’Connell6-4,6-4
Felix Auger-AliassimeConstant Lestienne6-4,6-1
Jannik SinnerThanasi Kokkinakis6-3,6-0
Alex De MinaurTaro Daniel6-1,6-2
Francisco CerundoloAlexander Shevchenko6(2),3-1 (Walkover)

Highlights of the Day

Defending Champion Elena Rybakina withdraws as Iga Swiatek manages to dominate in her first match

An injury-ridden Indian Wells continues, as big names withdraw from the tournament. After Rafael Nadal and Paula Badosa, the defending champion Rybakina now withdraws due to an illness. The Kazakhstani was very excited to return and defend her title, but unfortunately couldn’t make it. She was replaced by Lucky Loser Kayla Day, who will try her luck in the main draw. 

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina (Via Imago)

Nonetheless, the day was mainly headlined by Iga Swiatek, who managed a convincing victory over American Danielle Collins 6-3,6-0. Along with Swiatek, even the 2023 Wimbledon Champion Marketa Vondrousova dominates in her first round 6-0,6-2, to book another day in California. 

Andy Murray’s horrifying season continues, as he faces another early exit from the tournament

British pro, and former World No.1 Andy Murray is having a season to forget. With not many wins in his hand, the 36-year-old is searching for ways to change his luck. After an easy first-round win at the Indian Wells, the Brit was up against Andrey Rublev in the second round. 

Andy Murray
Andy Murray (Via Imago)

Murray did put up a fight, but it was Rublev who emerged victorious 7-6(3), 6-1. After a first-set flurry, Murray lost his momentum, and in no time lost the match as well. 

Jannik Sinner inches closer to another historical record as defending champion Carlos Alcaraz marks his entry at the Indian Wells

Australian Open winner Jannik Sinner made his way into the Indian Wells. After winning two continuous tournaments, the Italian extends his win streak by winning the first match in California. He beat Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3,6-0 to extend his winning streak to 16 matches, and inch one step closer to becoming the Italian ATP player with the longest winning streak. 

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner (Via Imago)

Other than Sinner, it was the defending champion Carlos Alcaraz, who also starred in the day. Returning from a small ankle injury and winning over Rafael Nadal at the Netflix Slam, the Spaniard buzzed with confidence as he made his way into the next round. He beat Matteo Arnaldi 6(5)-7,6-0,6-1 to advance to the next round. 

Other matches that stole the show

Frances Tiafoe entertains his home crowd with an outstanding display of tennis to advance to the next round. 

Frances Tiafoe
Frances Tiafoe (Via Imago)

Greek pro-Stefanos Tsitsipas continues a good run in 2024, as he secured a dominating win over Lucas Poille to book the next match with Tiafoe.

No.10 seed Jelena Ostapenko blows away first set lead as she suffers an early exit from the Indian Wells. She lost to Angelique Kerber in three sets in one of the first upsets of the tournament. 

Overall, it was a successful day at the box office, as fans came in numbers to witness their favorite players compete. The seeded players made their mark in the tournament, as some easily advanced to the next round, while a couple faced an early exit. This concluded Day 3 of the Indian Wells, as fans await Day 4, which brings with it more Round of 64 matches, featuring World No.1 Novak Djokovic, and top-ranked American Taylor Fritz.

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