INDIAN WELLS — It was a big opening day in Indian Wells for American teenagers on the WTA tour. Caroline Dolehide, Amanda Anisimova and Sofia "Sonya" Kenin all picked up main-draw wins at the tournament for the first time.
Kicking off Stadium 1 action, Dolehide, a 19-year-old wildcard entry, came back from a set and break down to beat fellow American Shelby Rogers 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3. It took Dolehide a while to dial in and consistently make the big shots she was going for, but, once she did, there wasn't much Rogers could do to stop her.
First on Stadium 2 was 16-year-old junior US Open champion Amanda Anisimova, who won a wildcard through the Oracle Challenger Series. She defeated world No. 94 Pauline Parmentier 6-2, 6-2 in just an hour and ten minutes.
Come onnnnnn???? pic.twitter.com/O9xlbzNykj— Amanda Anisimova (@AnisimovaAmanda) March 7, 2018
The remaining two teenagers had to play against each other. Kenin, a 19-year-old qualifier ranked No. 105, wiped out Wimbledon girls' champion Claire Liu to complete a 6-2, 6-0 victory.
In the second round, these players will all have to face seeded players. Dolehide has Dominika Cibulkova, Anisimova plays Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Kenin takes on Shuai Zhang.
More American teenage women are taking the court on Thursday (CiCi Bellis and Kayla Day).
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