Top seed Halep through in Indian Wells

Top seed Halep through in Indian Wells

Top seed Halep through in Indian Wells

Meanwhile, Venus Williams survived a hard fourth round test to beat Latvia's Sevastova 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 just one day after beating sister Serena in a third round contest.

"In the beginning it was really tough because I was really nervous going on the big stages against big players", she said. "It's just real talent".

Kasatkina hit one ace, won 54 percent of her first serves and broke Wozniacki's serve six times in the one hour, 40 minute match.

Williams, who has yet to drop a set, will face either Carla Suarez Navarro or Danielle Collins in the last eight.

World number one Simona Halep overcame a sluggish start to beat Wang Qiang 7-5 6-1 at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday and book a quarter-final against Petra Martic in the California desert. Wozniacki blew a 3-0 lead in the first set and was on the run most of the match before losing for the second time this year to the 20-year-old Russian.

"I wasn't missing that much", she said.

Simona Halep is seeking her second title at Indian Wells.

. She has beaten all four current Grand Slam titleholders in the past year, including U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens in straight sets this week.

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"And, yeah, I'm playing (my) best matches against the best players". "But as I say, if you want to be on the top, you have to beat the top players. So quite a simple rule".

It was a disappointing exit for Wozniacki, who finally silenced her critics earlier this year with her maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne, where she defeated Halep in the final.

The first Croat to reach the round 16 at Indian Wells since 1997 when Iva Majoli lost to Venus Williams collecting her first top 10 win, beat 6-3 7-6 Marketa Vondrousova.

American Anisimova, a tournament wildcard, had beaten ninth seed Petra Kvitova in the third round. I think this will change a little bit in the future, but for sure the game is good and not really any weakness.

"I'm getting pretty confident at this level".

Czech Pliskova, the world number five, will play Japan's Naomi Osaka, who beat Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-1 5-7 6-1.

Halep, bidding to become the 12th top seed to lift up the trophy and repeat her 2015 title-run, will spend her 18th and 19th weeks as World No.1 during Indian Wells, moving her past Jennifer Capriati (17 weeks) and Jelena Jankovic (18 weeks). I have many things to learn from them.

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