Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Halep ensures Martic is gone with the wind at Indian Wells

Reuters Simona Halep beat Wang Qiang 7-5 6-1
Preston Stone | 15 March, 2018, 04:57

"In the beginning it was really tough because I was really nervous going on the big stages against big players", she said. "So quite simple rule".

Kasatkina improved to 11-6 on the WTA Tour season as she seeks to better her quarter-final appearance here in 2016.

Halep needed two hours and 23 minutes to put Martic away under taxing conditions as strong winds swirled around the main stadium court.

"At least I tried, and I tried to do what I thought I needed to do out there today".

"I just fought and that's maybe why I won because I refuse to lose".

The 26-year-old Romanian showed no sign of the foot injury that forced her to withdraw from the Qatar Open last month and is well positioned to make a run at reclaiming the Indian Wells title she won in 2015.

Venus Williams followed up her victory over sister Serena with a win against Anastasia Sevastova.

Meanwhile, Halep, who is one of two former champions left in the draw, is now 17-1 on the season having already won a title in both singles and doubles at Shenzhen, China.

Next up for Halep is Petra Martic of Croatia, who beat Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (4).

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No.5 seed Karolina Pliskova ended the fairytale week of the ninth 16-year-old player to make R16 at Indian Well.The Czech outclassed 6-1 7-6 (2) Amanda Anisimova, the youngest player to record a Top 10 win since 2005 when Nicole Vaidisova defeated then No.9 Nadia Petrova to win the title in Bangkok.

Meanwhile, Williams survived a hard fourth round test to beat Sevastova.

Williams has no official ranking after spending a year off the court, which means she can not be seeded for WTA events. Venus next faces Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain who rolled past Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-4.

In the men's draw, Philipp Kohlschreiber upset second seed Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round on Tuesday.

Del Potro's countryman, Leonardo Mayer, beat Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-1. She could be the number one seed for those tournaments.

Angelique Kerber dropped just two games against Caroline Garcia to reach the Indian Wells quarter-finals.

Kohlschreiber advances to the fourth round where he will play unseeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert who won his third round match when fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils retired in the second set with a lower back injury.

Needing to move to the semifinals to have a chance of staying in the Top 5, Pliskova will face Pliskova's victory sets up a quarterfinal encounter for the World No.5 against Naomi Osaka who defeated 6-1 5-7 6-1 Maria Sakkari.

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