Wozniacki loses in Indian Wells, Halep advances

(Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki blew any likelihood she needed to overtake Simona Halep as world primary after shedding 6-Four 7-5 to Darya Kasatkina within the fourth spherical of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday.

Mar 12, 2018; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) throughout her third spherical match towards Aliaksandra Sasnovich (not pictured) within the BNP Paribas Open on the Indian Wells Tennis Backyard. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports activities

Whereas Halep overcame a sluggish begin to beat Wang Qiang 7-5 6-1, Australian Open champion Wozniacki fell to the identical participant who knocked her out of final month’s St. Petersburg Girls Open.

“I’m simply occurring courtroom and truly now having fun with each minute throughout I’m taking part in,” 20th seed Kasatkina informed reporters.

“And, yeah, I’m taking part in (my) finest matches towards the very best gamers. However as I say, if you wish to be on the highest, you must beat the highest gamers. So fairly easy rule.”

Dealing with Kasatkina within the quarters will likely be No. 10 seed Angelique Kerber, who simply defeated Caroline Garcia 6-1 6-1.

Earlier on Tuesday, Halep booked a quarter-final place towards Petra Martic after getting the higher of China’s Wang.

The turning level got here 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.

Mar 11, 2018; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Simona Halep (ROU) throughout her second spherical match towards Caroline Dolehide (not pictured) within the BNP Paribas Open on the Indian Wells Tennis Backyard. Necessary Credit score: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports activities

Halep went on to lose just one extra recreation.

The 26-year-old Romanian confirmed no signal of the foot harm that compelled her to withdraw from the Qatar Complete Open in Doha final month and is nicely positioned to make a run at reclaiming the Indian Wells title she received in 2015.

First she must get previous unseeded Croatian Martic, who superior to the final eight with a 6-Three 7-6(Four) win towards Marketa Vondrousova.

“She is a really powerful opponent as a result of she is serving fairly sturdy and likewise the forehand has a number of prime spin … So I must work onerous,” Halep informed the Tennis Channel.

A day after beating her sister Serena, Venus Williams moved previous Anastasija Sevastova 7-6(6) 6-Four and can subsequent face Carla Suarez Navarro, who defeated Danielle Collins 6-2 6-Four.

Former world primary Karolina Pliskova used her highly effective serve to overwhelm 16-year-old Amanda Anisimova and attain the quarter-finals for the third 12 months in a row.

Pliskova’s 6-1 7-6(2) win ended the run of the younger American, a wild card who beat ninth seed Petra Kvitova within the third spherical for the largest win of her fledgling profession.

Pliskova will face 20-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan, who defeated Maria Sakkari 6-1 5-7 6-1 to succeed in her first Indian Wells quarter-final.

Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Further reporting by Jahmal Nook; Modifying by Peter Rutherford

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