Harriet Dart juggernaut rolls on at Indian Wells with big WTA Rankings boost on cards after brilliant run
Harriet Dart produced another sensational display as she continued her best-ever run at a WTA 1000 event with a straight-set victory over Kaia Kanepi at the BNP Paribas Open.
After coming through qualifying, Dart secured her place in the fourth round in Indian Wells with an excellent 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory over former top 20 player Kanepi of Estonia in one hour and 40 minutes to set up a clash against Madison Keys.
The win will also see the British player move into the WTA top 100 for the first time, having started the tournament outside the top 120.
— Russell Fuller (@russellcfuller) March 14, 2022
The British No 2 – who defeated former world No 1 Elina Svitolina in three sets in the second round – bounced back from an early break as Kanepi opened up a 3-1 lead. Although Dart hit back immediately in game five, her opponent broke again in the next game for a 4-2 lead.
They were back on serve in serve in game nine as the 25-year-old got the break back only for Kanepi to fashion two set points in the next game. Dart saved both and then edged the tie-breaker.
Dart then broke to love in game six of the set set and, after the Estonian saved a match point in game eight, the world No 122 completed the job on her third match point in the next game.
The win saw Dart move up to a provisional No 99 in the WTA Rankings and she faces former US Open runner-up Keys for a place in the quarter-final. American Keys defeated her compatriot Alison Riske 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.
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