(Reuters) – World No.1 Simona Halep overcame a sluggish begin to beat Wang Qiang 7-5 6-1 on the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday and guide a quarter-final towards Petra Martic within the California desert.
The turning level after a string of unforced errors left Halep trailing 5-Four within the first set, prompting coach Darren Cahill to inform the defensive specialist to work longer factors and scale back the error depend.
Halep went on to lose just one extra sport, simply seeing off the problem of the world No.55 from China.
The 26-year-old Romanian confirmed no signal of the foot damage that compelled her to withdraw from the Qatar Whole Open in Doha final month and seems poised to regain the Indian Wells title she received in 2015.
First she must get previous unseeded Croatian Martic, who superior to the final eight with a straight units win towards Marketa Vondrousova on Tuesday.
“She is a really powerful opponent as a result of she is serving fairly robust and in addition the forehand has plenty of high spin … So I must work exhausting,” Halep informed the Tennis Channel.
Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Enhancing by David Goodman