Wild card Irina Falconi advances to second round at Indian Wells
American wild card Irina Falconi advanced to the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday, beating Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6 (6), 6-4.
The 24-year-old Falconi, born in Ecuador, was one of seven Americans in action on an overcast opening day in the two-week event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Louisa Chirico, another wild card ranked 148th in the world, lost to Donna Vekic of Croatia, 6-4, 6-3.
In other matches, Heather Watson of Britain topped Julia Goerges of Germany 6-4, 5-7, 6-3; Elena Vesnina of Russia beat qualifier Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine 6-3, 6-3; qualifier Daria Gavrilova of Russia ousted Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-3, 6-4; and Mona Barthels of Germany outlasted Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.