Shelby Rogers and Sloane Stephens are both through to the next round of the Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Rogers, who eliminated world No.1 Ash Barty in the third round of the US Open, beat Anhelina Kalinina 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 while Stephens outlasted Heather Watson 6-7 (7-5) 7-5 6-1 in the opening matches on Wednesday.

Rogers and Stephens were joined by fellow American Madison Keys, who beat Kaia Kanepi 6-0 7-5.

Stephens won seven of 18 break points. She raced to a 5-0 lead in the third set before Watson held, then served out the win. Watson had seven aces and seven double faults on the hard courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

American Madison Brengle lost to Hsieh Su-wei 6-1 7-6 (7-4) and US qualifier Alycia Parks was routed 6-0 6-1 by Arantxa Rus.

Four-time major champion Kim Clijsters received a wild card into the event.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu and runner-up Leylah Fernandez are also competing.

Electronic Hawkeye cameras, previously in use at the tournament, will handle line calls for every match. Chair umpires and ball kids will be on hand.

The women’s draw is missing Barty, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. Second-ranked Aryna Sabalenka said she tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in the desert and is in isolation.

The tournament was moved from its usual March date because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rogers, Stephens through in Indian Wells
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