Gabriela Dabrowski has continued her impressive start to 2018 with another win in women’s doubles at BNP Paribas Indian Wells Open. Dabrowski and her partner Yifan Xu defeated doubles veteran Kveta Peschke and her American partner Nicole Melichar 6-4, 7-5 today. Dabrowski, a two-time Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Champion, has now moved into the quarterfinals where she and Xu will face the 8th seeded team of Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
The Canadian men had a tougher time today as three of them fell in their matches. Young Canadian Denis Shapovalov saw his tournament end as he lost to 30th seed Pablo Cuevas. After a strong push in the second set, Peter Polansky eventually faltered against the 20th seed, Adrian Mannarino of France. Doubles veteran Daniel Nestor and his American partner Steve Johnson fell to the 3rd seeded team of Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic.
There will be a Canadian man advancing into the third round when Félix Auger-Aliassime faces off against Milos Raonic. Auger-Aliassime is coming off his first ATP Masters 1000 main draw victory which came against fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil. The 17 year old Canadian is the youngest player to win an ATP Tour level match since Denis Shapovalov did so at Rogers Cup in 2016. He is also the youngest player to win a match in Indian Wells since Michael Chang did so in 1989. Auger-Aliassime and Raonic’s battle will take place on Sunday where they are the fifth match on Stadium 3 with play beginning at 11:00am PST.