Monday, 12 November, 2018

Halep, Venus advance, Wozniacki knocked-out

Reuters Simona Halep beat Wang Qiang 7-5 6-1
Orlando Vargas | 15 March, 2018, 04:55

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).

Simona Halep remained on course to claim her second Indian Wells title after she outlasted Petra Martic 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 in a marathon match to reach the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals.

The 26-year-old is yet to win a Grand Slam title but underlined her resilience in testing circumstances to recover from a break deficit in the final set and set up a meeting with either world No 5 Karolina Pliskova or Japan's Naomi Osaka.

The Croatian increased the intensity in a tie-break which she started with an ace and a frustrated Halep was forced to go the distance after sending a forehand long.

"There were some points where she just played and it was too good", Williams said. "But if you want to be on the top, you have to beat the top players. So quite a simple rule".

Kasatkina improved to 11-6 on the WTA Tour season as she seeks to better her quarter-final appearance here in 2016. Pliskova won the first seven points of the match and made her opponent commit 13 unforced errors to just 5 winners.

"I knew it would be like that because we practised a few days ago and she beat me in practice", Halep said. I don't know how I won, but I won.

"I just couldn't execute as well as I wanted to".

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Also into the last eight was Venus Williams, who followed up Monday's win over sister Serena with another strong display as she got the better of 21st seed Anastasija Sevastova.

Martic defeated the Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

In other women's matches, eighth seeded Venus Williams survived a stern test from Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova to win 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 and fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. 6-1, 7-6 (7/2). It was the first time Venus has beaten Serena since 2014 in Montreal.

She used her protected ranking to play at Wimbledon in the same year.

Halep can hold onto the top ranking by reaching the final here. Williams, who is the oldest female player in the draw at 37, will face either wild card Danielle Collins or World No.27 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in the last eight.

In the men's event, world number three Marin Cilic suffered a defeat in straight sets by Philipp Kohlschreiber, losing 6-4 6-4 to the German.

Venus broke Sevastova winning the point of the match involving a drop shot after an exhausting battle from the baseline and a high backhand volley on the Latvian's lob and served out the 763rd WTA main draw win.

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