Osaka and Halep crash out of Indian Wells

Osaka and Halep crash out of Indian Wells

In her first career title defense, top seed and world No. 1 Naomi Osaka fell in the fourth round at Indian Wells yesterday to the resurgent Swiss Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-1.

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. "She won everything in the past couple of months", Bencic said.

"I'm so happy to be through and so happy with my play".

"I had never played (McHale) before, so you feel like you don't really know what's going to happen".

"I think I served really good". Her triumph in Australia made her No. 1 for the first time, but her time at the top has been rocky.

"I think I'm just more confident in myself". "But honestly, I think at a time like this with that scoreline, I would usually feel very depressed and sad".

She next faces Estonian Anett Kontaveit, who was leading 5-0 against 11th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova when the Latvian retired from their match. "But it's everything I could do today, and I just want to chill now and then to see how I have to play better against her".

Unseeded Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova stunned world number two Simona Halep to reach the quarter-finals at Indian Wells.

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But I learn from these matches. It's one of my strengths, I would say.

"I just got unlucky, got a virus somewhere and that's how it is".

"You know, I was working before coming here on my fitness". "But it's everything I could do today".

But Kerber - the eighth seed - rallied to secure a meeting with 2018 semi-finalist Williams, who defeated Mona Barthel 6-4 6-4. The 38-year-old will collide with another former No. 1, Angelique Kerber, tomorrow.

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. "I'm looking forward for the next week, next tournament, and I won't give up". "It was an up and down match, a lot of emotions on court".

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina came from a break down in the third set to defeat Australian Ashleigh Barty 7-6 (8) 5-7 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

"I was trying to play every single point and still believing that I could turn around the match". The win was the 18-year-old Andreescu's 25th of the year, the most of any WTA player. The Canadian who is enjoying her breakout season is appearing in her first Premier Mandatory event.

Osaka had won nine straight games at Indian Wells, but Martina Navratilova in 1990-91 remains the only women's repeat victor in the event.

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