Harriet Dart in the third round of the 2022 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, USA
Harriet Dart in the third round of the 2022 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, USA | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tennis | WTA Indian Wells 2022 | Harriet Dart continues dream run and faces Madison Keys in the fourth round

By Ros Satar

  • Harriet Dart [Q] def. Kaia Kanepi
  • Faces Kaia Kanepi in the third round
INDIAN WELLS, USA – Harriet Dart is on a roll as she beats Kaia Kanepi in straight sets and will play Madison Keys in the round of 16.

 

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Harriet Dart [Q] def. Kaia Kanepi 7-6(4) 6-3

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While Emma Raducanu might have lost her third-round encounter, Harriet Dart continued her great run of form, building on a career best performance Elina Svitolina, and took out the experienced Kaia Kanepi.

Dart had lost none of her fighting spirit, coming back from 2-5 down in the first set and forcing a tie-break. Having been up 4-0, Kanepi pegged Dart back to 4-4 before Dart won the next three points to take the first set.

Kanepi had to save a match point in the second set, but Dart proved to be too strong, as she booked a spot in the round of 16.

 

H2H & Match Fundamentals

Harriet Dart [Q] v Madison Keys [25] H2H: Keys leads 1-0
WTA Indian Wells California, USA
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Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2022 – Hard)

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H2H: Harriet Dart (WR 122) Madison Keys (WR 29)
Tournament Previous Best Debut R16 (2017)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 42.6 37.1
Return Points Won % 47.9 44
Break Point Conversion % 49.3 42.5
Break Points Saved % 50.8 64.5
Total Points Won % 52.3 53.9

The stats look very good for Dart with just Break Points saved and Total points won going Keys’ way. Dart is conditioned hardened to Indian Wells, having come via qualifying.

 

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Playing Styles & Prediction

Dart will face a lot of pace from Keys, who combines dominant serving and powerful serving, as the American will look to dominate the rallies. Her new approach of not getting too caught up with where she is in the rankings served her very well in the early part of the season, but Mexico saw a couple of first round exits.

For Dart, this is basically a free hit, and her aggressive style of play is a good match-up to Keys, but she will need to sharpen up on her second serves so as not to give Keys an opportunity to pounce.

Prediction: Keys in three sets.

 

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