Jamie Hampton wins at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Two young American women stepped into the BNP Paribas Open spotlight Friday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
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.
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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.
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."
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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