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Osaka powers past Collins into Indian Wells 4th round

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World number one Naomi Osaka crashed out of Indian Wells on Tuesday, routed by Belinda Bencic on a day that saw second-ranked Simona Halep sent packing, too.

Osaka surprised the tennis world when she parted with coach Sascha Bajin shortly after winning the Australian Open and moving to number one in the world.

Tuesday in the 8th finals, against Swiss Belinda Bencic (22, 23rd in the world) Naomi was unable to worry Belinda, who won in 2 sets [6-3, 6-1] eliminating Naomi from Indian Wells Tournament "It's a little tough compared the look of the game, but I'm really happy", said Belinda Bencic after the match, adding, "Naomi, she's number one and she's nearly everything gained in recent months".

Bencic improved to 5-0 in matches against the Top 10 this season, having beaten four Top 10 players to win the crown at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and extended her season-long winning streak to 11 matches.

"I played well in the first set but my opponent played better from the second set on, making no technical mistakes in serves and strokes".

"Here I have really good memories and you guys are super awesome", she said to the cheering crowd.

Fifth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova relied on a solid service game in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure. Halep, who received treatment for blisters on her foot during the match, hit just six winners and piled up 36 unforced errors.

Halep's loss ensured Osaka will retain her number one ranking after the tournament.

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Osaka conceded she didn't play well, but she didn't find the lopsided scoreline depressing because "I tried my best and I don't really have any regrets". "So just things worked out for me".

She added that despite failing in the first title defence of her career, she thought she had handled the challenges well, saying: "I didn't lose in the first round".

The win was 19-year-old Vondrousova's first over a top-10 player in six attempts.

She will play either Ukraine's Elina Svitolina or Australian Ashleigh Barty in the last eight.

"I think I did well", she said.

Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, beat 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2.

Spain's Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam champion now ranked 20th in the world, out-lasted seventh-ranked Kiki Bertens 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 while Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam victor, beat Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-4.

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