Indian Wells:Osaka, Halep out; Muguruza & Andreescu through

Tanya Simon
March 15, 2019

She followed that up with an Australian Open crown in January that propelled the 21-year-old to number one in the world.

She said: "I always like to play on the big courts, I like to play the big players". "But I feel pretty good right now, because I think, given the circumstances, I tried my best and I don't really have any regrets".

Later on Tuesday, in their women's singles fourth-round match, top-seeded Osaka was outplayed by Bencic, who captured the title in Dubai, in just over an hour in the match between two players born in 1997.

Czech fifth seed Karolina Pliskova stands in the way of Bencic and the semi-finals following her 7-6 (7-0) 4-6 6-2 win over Anett Kontaveit.

"I never played her, so it's also you're out there learning", Williams said. I felt like I can win that match. "We communicate well, so I think that's a really big plus". "I know from that point on it's gonna be a very interesting match". "The defense got me today", he said.

It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world's top-ranked players, ushered out in the desert.

Osaka was not the only top player who was shocked in California court as world No. 2 and 2015 title victor Simona Halep also fell to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova by 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Halep, who received medical treatment for blisters on her foot during the match, won less than half of her first-service points and hit just six winners to go with 36 unforced errors.

Venus Williams beat Christina Mc Hale to reach the Indian Wells fourth round. AP
Venus Williams beat Christina Mc Hale to reach the Indian Wells fourth round. AP

"I was running too much and too defensive", she said.

Halep's loss ensured Osaka will retain her number one ranking after the tournament.

Vondrousova had defeated 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and last year's Indian Wells finalist Daria Kasatkina prior to beating Halep.

Angelique Kerber, meanwhile, survived to earn a quarter-final showdown with Venus Williams.

Bencic, the world number 23, has made a habit of upending top 10 players of late, defeating four en route to winning the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last month.

Kohlschreiber, 35, stunned the top seed and five-time former champion 6-4, 6-4 in Indian Wells.

Seven-time grand slam victor Venus Williams also found it tricky facing fellow American Christina McHale for the first time, but she pulled back early breaks in each set to win 6-2, 7-5.

For the second year in a row, three-time grand slam champion Kerber will feature in the quarters following her hard-fought 6-1 4-6 6-4 victory against Aryna Sabalenka.

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