Kvitova's win over Ostapenko at Indian Wells was marked by an unprecedented occurrence

Petra Kvitova defeated Jelena Ostapenko 0-6, 6-0, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells.

The match featured two Grand Slam champions competing to advance to the round of 16. Kvitova was seeded fifteenth and Ostapenko was seeded twenty-fourth, so both received a bye in the first round. The Czech won her first match against local player Elizabeth Mandlik, while the former French Open champion had to go to a third set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

The duel began with Ostapenko absolutely dominating, taking three consecutive breaks and winning the first set by an impressive 6-0 in just 26 minutes. Kvitova completely turned the match around during the second set, doing the same to her opponent with three consecutive breaks and not conceding her own service. Kvitova won the set 6-0 in just 34 minutes, creating an unprecedented event.

It is the first time in the history of WTA 1000 that a player has won the first set 6-0, and then their opponent won the next set 6-0. Each with a bagel in their favor, they took the match to the third set, where both players gave up their service and were tied at 4-4. At that moment, Kvitova had to ask for medical assistance to face the final games of the match. The two-time Wimbledon champion managed to finish the match better than her opponent and with a new break, won 0-6, 6-0, 6-4. In the next round, she will face world No. 3 Jessica Pegula.

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