Emma Raducanu produced one of her finest displays since winning the US Open title with a determined victory over Caroline Garcia in round two at Indian Wells.
The British number one combined some wonderful shot-making with gritty desire as she dug out a 6-1 3-6 6-1 success in one hour and 32 minutes.
The number 11 seed will now meet Croatia’s Petra Martic in round three.
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“It’s amazing to be back and I’m so happy to get my first win in the desert," said Raducanu during an on-court interview.
“I though the level of tennis was pretty high today, so it means a lot to get through, it could have gone either way. It’s tough playing against Caroline. She is really powerful and fast and as soon as I let up in the second set - my racket speed and ball speed dropped - she climbed on top of it. I had to make adjustments in the third set and I’m happy to have come through a tough one."
She added: "I’m really happy with how strong my performance was in the first and third set.
To get this win after the stop-start year I’ve had really means a lot. It was difficult after dropping that second set.
"I knew that I had slipped up, that I had missed too many first serves. I just said to myself, 'think how bad you will feel after the match if you let it go'."
Raducanu's triumph followed hot on the heels of Andy Murray's 700th tour level win against Taro Daniel on the same court and the US Open champion admitted she had taken note of how the Scot found a way to progress.
“I was actually watching pretty much the whole match before I had to warm up," she told Amazon Prime. "It was great to see Andy battle through a tough match. He was down but found a way to battle through.
I wanted to watch him and learn from him. He kind of inspired me to dig in when it got tough today.
Raducanu appeared to be taking all of the frustration of an unfortunate start to 2022 out on Garcia in the initial exchanges as she flew out of the traps to seize immediate control of the proceedings.
The 19-year-old suffered with blisters at the Australian Open and a leg injury in Guadalajara to stunt any hope of building some early season momentum, but she showed no signs of any issues here as she broke three times in a devastating 27-minute first-set display.
Garcia had been frustrated to see four break points saved in Game Five and the writing appeared to be on the wall for the world number 66 when she dropped serve again at the very start of Set 2.
However, Raducanu could not maintain clutch tennis on the pressure points to consolidate and a much more even contest began to develop.
Garcia broke for a 4-2 lead courtesy of a thunderous crosscourt winner but then threw in back-to-back double faults in the following game to immediately gift Raducanu a reprieve.
It began a crazy finale to the second set as the French number two broke once again and appeared to be cruising at 40-0 as she attempted to serve it out. Cue a run of jittery double faults that saw Raducanu fend off four set points and earn a break opportunity of her own before Garcia finally got over the line to take the match into a decider.

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Another twist was just around the corner though and it was Raducanu who dragged the momentum her way to storm into a 3-0 lead.
An insurance break for 5-1 turned what appeared to be a tricky situation into a cruise to the finish line and she served out the match in style to cap a fine day in Stadium One for the Brits.
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