Jamie Hampton wins at Indian Wells

Updated: March 9, 2012, 11:33 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Two young American women stepped into the BNP Paribas Open spotlight Friday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Jamie Hampton, a wild-card entry who last week moved into the top 100 for the first time at No. 99, beat former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-3.

A few minutes later, Christina McHale beat Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-3, 7-5 to set up a possible third-round match against Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who was scheduled to play the final match Friday night.

Australian Open champion and top-ranked Victoria Azarenka was also scheduled to play with a matchup against Mona Barthel of Germany.

On the men's side, American teenager Denis Kudla also won, taking a 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over Tobias Kamke of Germany. Kamke was a last-minute fill-in for Dmitry Tursunov of Russia, who withdrew because of a wrist injury.

The men the crowd came to see -- No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Rafael Nadal and American stars Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish -- didn't play singles Friday.

McHale started slowly against Vesnina, suffering an early service break, but won five of the final six games in the opening set. The 19-year-old from New Jersey used the same script in the second, winning four of the final five games.

Hampton never had won back-to-back matches in a WTA Tour event, and her most recent match against a top-ranked player was a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Maria Sharapova in the second round of the Australian Open.

She said this time the experience gained in Australia and her first-round win over 38th-ranked Polona Hercog both were beneficial against Jankovic.

"I didn't really know what to expect," Hampton said. "I think the fact that I got a match under my belt here helped me a lot. In Australia I didn't have that against Maria and she wiped the court with me."

Hampton will face Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia in the third round. Gajdosova upset No. 22 seed Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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