Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - Shelby Rogers plays against Katie Volynets in the 1st round of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Kathryn Riley/BNP Paribas Open)
Each day at the 2023 BNP Paribas Open, we’ll take you inside the numbers to help elucidate the many engrossing storylines that are taking place across the grounds. Consider it your by the numbers ticket to Tennis Paradise.
That honor belongs to Wu Yibing. One year after then 17-year-old Shang Juncheng made it through qualifying to become the first Chinese man to ever take his place in the main draw at the BNP Paribas Open, 23-year-old Wu upped the ante by defeating Spain’s Jaume Munar to reach the second round, 6-7(6), 6-0, 7-6(3).
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It has been a year of firsts for the trailblazing Hangzhou, China native. Last year at the US Open he became the first man from China to qualify for the US Open. He later went on to become the first Chinese to win a main draw match – and reached the third round – in Flushing Meadows.
Last month in Dallas, Wu became the first Chinese player to ever claim an ATP title – at No.67 he’s the highest ranked male player in his nation’s history.
Being the youngest player in the draw is no longer the domain of precocious Coco Gauff. Gauff, who will turn 19 on Monday (don’t they age so fast?) gives way to a pair of precious Czechs this year at Indian Wells.
Dynamic Czech Linda Fruhvirtova is the youngest singles player in either singles draw this year, and she earned a three-set win over Mayar Sherif on her main draw debut to reach the second round for the first time. Fruhvirtova, who will turn 18 on May 1, will face Anhelina Kalinina in the second round.
It’s a veritable embarrassment of riches right now for the Czech women, who currently boast four Top 200 players aged 18 or younger inside the Top 10.
That brings us to 18-year-old Linda Noskova, the 2021 French Open junior champion who also claimed her maiden BNP Paribas Open win on Wednesday. The 54th-ranked Czech defeated Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets, and will face Amanda Anisimova next.
The pair of Czechs are the two youngest players remaining in either singles draw at Indian Wells.
Americans took center stage on Day 1, with two all-American clashes on the men’s side and the women’s side. Marcos Giron (d. Kovacevic), Brandon Nakashima (d. John Isner), Shelby Rogers (d. Katie Volynets and Elizabeth Mandlik (d. Alison Riske-Amritraj) were the winners.
If that didn’t satiate you, don’t worry, there are two more coming tomorrow. In a battle of former Grand Slam champions Sloane Stephens will face Sofia Kenin in the first night session match in Stadium 1, while Emma Navarro and Caty McNally will duke it out in the last match in Stadium 2.
There are 21 American women competing in this year’s singles draw – most since 1993 – and 13 American men.
21-year-old San Diego native Brandon Nakashima saved both break points he faced against bomb-serving Isner, and won 55 of 69 service points to come through 7-6(7), 6-3 against the 2012 Indian Wells finalist. He earns a second-round clash with fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev for his efforts.