Indian Wells, USA, 12 March 2024 | Leigh Rogers

For the first time in a decade, multiple Australians have advanced to the women’s doubles quarterfinals at Indian Wells.

Storm Hunter and her Czech partner Katerina Siniakova secured their spot with a dominant 6-3 6-0 dismissal of Czech Marie Bouzkova and Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in second-round action at the WTA 1000 tournament.

The third seeds required only 60 minutes to record victory against world No.18 Bouzkova and world No.32 Sorribes Tormo.

It continues a strong start to the new partnership between world No.3 Hunter and world No.12 Siniakova, improving their season record to 12 wins from their 14 matches together.

They join Ellen Perez and her American partner Nicole Melichar-Martinez, the fourth seeds who are on a six-match winning streak, in the quarterfinals.

This is the highest representation of Australians in the women’s doubles quarterfinal line-up in the Californian desert since 2014, when three players (Ash Barty, Casey Dellacqua and Sam Stosur) progressed to this stage.

Aussies in action – Indian Wells

Women’s doubles, second round
[3] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Katerina Siniakova (CZE) d Marie Bouzkova (CZE)/Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 6-3 6-0

Men’s doubles, second round
Nathaniel Lammons (USA)/Jackson Withrow (USA) d [Alt] John Peers (AUS)/Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) 6-3 6-3

Men’s singles, fourth round
[10] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v [6] Alexander Zverev (GER)

Women’s doubles, quarterfinals
[3] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Katerina Siniakova (CZE) v [7] Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)/Taylor Townsend (USA)
[4] Ellen Perez (AUS)
/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) v [8] Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)/Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)

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