Romanian tennis player Sorana Cirstea defeated US's Danielle Lao 6-3 6-4 in the first qualifying round of the women's singles event at the 9,035,428-USD BNP Paribas Open tournament in Indian Wells (California).
The 28-year-old Cirstea, world number 98, prevailed in one hour and 15 minutes over 27-year-old Lao, world number 153.
For her performance so far, the Romanian won 6,790 US dollars and 20 WTA singles points. In the last qualifying round, she will play Nao Hibino, aged 24, world number 117. Their only meet, in the first round of the 2016 Western & Southern Open, was won by Cirstea 2-6 6-3 …read more