Daria Saville’s giant-killing run picked up speed as she beat Elise Mertens 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at Indian Wells putting herself into the last 16 of a WTA 1000 event for the first time.

The Australian qualifier ‘s third win in the week against a top 50 player took just under three hours.

It‘s also the first time that Saville has won five consecutive tour-level matches.

Having beaten Ons Jabeur in the first round, Saville’s second-straight upset continues her great comeback season since having surgery for an achilles injury.

Starting the tournament ranked 409th, Saville will shoot up the rankings whatever the outcome of her meeting with world no.6 Maria Sakkari, her next opponent

Russian-born Australian Saville won her only meeting with Sakkari.

Main photo:- Daria Saville celebrates victory © WTATennis.com