Aussie storms into Indian Wells quarterfinals
Australian Storm Hunter has advanced to the BNP Paribas Open doubles quarterfinals alongside Belgian partner Elise Mertens.
Storm Hunter has matched her career-best result at Indian Wells, reaching the women’s doubles quarterfinals for a second consecutive year.
The 28-year-old Australian and Belgian partner Elise Mertens are yet to drop a set this year in the Californian desert. The sixth-seeded duo continued their winning run at the WTA 1000 tournament today with a 6-4 6-4 victory against American wildcards Danielle Collins and Peyton Stearns.
This sets up a quarterfinal showdown with top-seeded Czechs and two-time reigning Australian Open champions Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.
Ellen Perez and her American partner Nicole Melichar-Martinez bowed out in the second round, losing to the Australian Open 2023 finalists in a tight encounter.
Japanese pair Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara managed to edge out a 3-6 6-4 [10-8] victory against the eighth seeds.
Aussies in action – Indian Wells
Women’s doubles, second round
 Storm Hunter (AUS)/Elise Mertens (BEL) d Danielle Collins (USA)/Peyton Stearns (USA) 6-4 6-4
Shuko Aoyama (JPN)/Ena Shibahara (JPN) d  Ellen Perez (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) 3-6 6-4 [10-8]
Women’s doubles, quarterfinals
 Storm Hunter (AUS)/Elise Mertens (BEL) v  Barbora Krejcikova (CZE)/Katerina Siniakova (CZE)
Men’s doubles, quarterfinals
Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)/Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
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