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Timea Bacsinszky: Red-Hot and a Little Fatigued

You might remember Timea Bacsinszky for her “Queen of Mexico” days. But that ten-match winning streak, which featured back-to-back titles in Acapulco and Monterrey, was last week’s news. This week, Bacsinszky just might be “Queen of the California Desert.”

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She certainly was today, in taking down Ekaterina Makarova, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, to reach the round of 16 at Indian Wells for the first time and notch her tour-leading 14th consecutive win.

The hot streak has Bacsinszky in a state of disbelief.

“I have no idea where it comes from,” she told reporters. “I mean, for sure hard work, but it's a lot. It shows us that humans have resources that sometimes they don't even suspect. Yeah, just try to keep pushing myself. So far, I think it works pretty well.”

But the belief is cleary there as well. Locked in a long battle with Makarova in hot desert conditions, Bacsinszky said she stayed patient when down a break in the third set, and knew that if her defense held up it would be tough for Makarova to beat her.

“You know, a match has a lot of waves, and I was sure like if she wants to beat me she has to keep it up, like playing so well for the whole set,” she said. “So I know I can run a lot, and I had my defense. My defense is pretty good so far. So I would make her work.”

Owning the WTA’s longest winning streak is great but it does not come without physical fatigue, something that Bacsinszky is becoming very familiar with after her third deep run in her last three events.

“You cannot have everything,” she said. “You cannot win two tournaments, play well, win two matches, and keep feeling so fresh. So I have to deal for sure with some tensions here and there in my body. But it's part of the game, so best players are the ones which can manage the year with their bodies as well and taking care.”

The world No. 26 will try for her 15th consecutive win on Tuesday when she meets Elina Svitolina in the round of 16. The pair have never met before.