Iga Swiatek and Maria Sakkari will play the final of Indian Wells 2022. Virtually umber two in the world, Swiatek wins without too much worry against a good Simona Halep, who has returned to great levels. The match lasts an hour and fifty minutes and ends with the result of 7-6 6-4 for the Pole.
Halep has big chances and many regrets especially in the first set where she recovers from a break below and serves for the set at 5-4, but Swiatek evened the score. The big chance, however, is in the tie-break where Halep goes to 6-4 and has two set points to close, but she wastes them and Swiatek with 4 consecutive points gets the first set in a decisive way.
Also in the second set Halep advances 4 to 2 and seems to be in control, but Iga does not give up and closes the match thanks to four consecutive games. On the other hand, the outgoing champion Paula Badosa falls, surprisingly defeated by the Greek Maria Sakkari: great chance for the Hellenic tennis player who in the final will also compete for the second world position against Swiatek: in case of victory Maria will also overtake the Polish, but in any case she will conclude this tournament at least in third position.
Sakkari dominates her sets leaving the crumbs to the Spanish who finds the reaction only in the second set of the match where she gets the decisive break in the fifth game. Great favorite for the final victory Paula appears subdued and is crushed by the great intensity of the Greek who closes the match in less than two hours of play.
The other quarters of the men's singles
It won't be as interesting a semifinal as Alcaraz vs Nadal, but the other semifinal features two of the best players of the moment. The Russian Andrey Rublev will face the American Taylor Fritz in the semifinals, a mix of styles and a very interesting challenge.
The Russian beat Grigor Dimitrov in two sets and except for a small reaction from the Bulgarian, Andrey controls the match and closes in about an hour and a half of play with the result of 7-5; 6-2. Closer match in the other quarter with Fritz who needs three sets to get the better of an excellent Miomir Kecmanovic.
The first set sees both serve well and as a consequence it is decided at the tiebreak where the American closes 7 to 5. In the second set Taylor has several chances to take the lead, but Kecmanovic makes the decisive break in the eighth game and closes 6.
to 3. The third set, however, is without history with Fritz who immediately moves 5 to 0 and closes the match with a clear 6 to 1. In case of victory and access to the final Rublev will overtake our Matteo Berrettini in the standings while Fritz would enter the Top 15.