The second and final day of qualifying at the BNP Paribas Open kicked off across seven stadiums on Tuesday, with 24 matches on the docket. The two-day qualifying tournament will conclude on Tuesday evening, with all qualifiers then placed into the main draw, which commences on Wednesday.
Ashlyn Krueger was well outside the Top 500 when she qualified for the main draw at Indian Wells in 2022. After a full year spent toiling on the challenger circuit as well as the WTA Tour, the 18-year-old is back in the main draw at the BNP Paribas Open – ranked at a career-high 155 in the world.
Krueger breezed through her final qualifying match on Tuesday, smashing past Poland’s Magdalena Frech, 6-2, 6-0, in Stadium 4. The Missouri native made things look easy on a bright, sunny afternoon in the Coachella Valley; she needed just 56 minutes to earn her third main draw appearance in the California desert, using her easy power and consistent depth to draw errors out of the 25-year-old.
Krueger, a former Orange Bowl and USTA 18s champion, did not drop a set in her two qualifying rounds. The 6’1” talent, who models her game after taller players like Amanda Anisimova and Maria Sharapova, will bid for her first main draw win in Tennis Paradise later this week.
Lesia Tsurenko, who reached the quarterfinals from qualifying in 2015, has once again worked her way into the main draw. The 95th-ranked Ukrainian slid past Great Britain’s Katie Boulter 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4.
The 33-year-old will make her first main draw appearance since 2019.
Elsewhere on the women’s side Great Britain’s Katie Swan nudged out top seed Dalma Galfi to earn her main drew debut, 6-4, 7-6(6), while former World No.23 Laura Siegemund fought past Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Serbia’s Olga Danilovic defeated Kaja Juvan, 7-6(8), 5-7, 6-3, while Spain’s Cristina Bucsa took out Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse, 7-6(3), 6-4.
Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis has booked his spot in the main draw once again. The 94th-ranked Australian, who reached the round of 16 on his main draw debut in 2015, powered past Italy’s Matteo Arnaldi, 6-4, 6-4.
Joining Kokkinakis in the main draw are former World No.17 Cristian Garin, who topped Austria’s Filip Misolic, 6-4 6-2, and former World No.29 Jan-Lennard Struff, who edged Moldova’s Radu Albot 7-6(4), 6-3.
Taro Daniel, the man who upset Novak Djokovic here in 2018, completed his second consecutive successful qualifying run on Tuesday, defeating Aussie Alexei Popyrin, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
Germany’s Maximilian Marterer also cracked the main draw at the BNP Paribas Open, reaching the Round of 128 for the first time since 2019. The former World No. 45 took out American Emilio Nava, 6-1, 7-6(4) in the first match of the day on Stadium 7.
Australia’s Rinky Hijikata will make his main draw debut at Indian Wells, thanks to a 6-3 6-3 victory over Tennys Sandgren on Stadium three, while Alejandro Tabilo will join the main draw after his 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 triumph over American Zachara Zvajda.
Tapei’s Wu Tung-Lin also broke through. The 24-year-old will make his main draw debut after getting past Italy’s Francesco Passaro 6-2, 3-0 RET.