Marathon Matches Open Women's Sunday Action

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Caroline Garcia of France was first into the women’s Round of 16 after she toppled No. 11 Johanna Konta 3-6, 6-3 7-6(1) at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.

Awaiting her in the next round is two-time runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova, who posted a seesaw 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 victory over Italy's Roberta Vinci.

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"[Kuznetsova] is a great player, lots of experience and for sure she will love the conditions here with the bouncy courts,' said Garcia after the match. "I have to be really aggressive and put as much pressure on her and not let her dictate with her forehand."

On Stadium 4, the day opened with a marathon between Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland and Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. Bacsinszky saved six match points and needed four of her own to record the 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(8) victory in three hours and 21 minutes. The winner plays either No. 3 Karolina Pliskova vs. Irina-Camelia Begu for a spot in the quarterfinals.

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Women's Singles Draw