Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Osaka, Halep sent packing from Indian Wells

Osaka, Halep sent packing from Indian Wells

"I liked my chances more at night against Kohlschreiber, but it wasn't to be last night", Djokovic said.

The a year ago has been a whirlwind for the Japanese, who defeated her idol Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final in a match best remembered for the American's heated argument with the chair umpire as Osaka looked on.

"I never played her, so it's also you're out there learning", Williams said. The first set was great for me, and then I just tried to keep it like that. The 22-year-old Bencic was the teenager star who won the position of number seven in a world but unfortunately her career was stalled after back and wrist injuries.

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. "Sometimes I feel like the less I think on the court, the better it is". I felt like I can win that match.

But there were no tears on Tuesday as Osaka said she was adjusting to being the world number one and always having a target on her back.

"I thought I was in good form".

"It gives me confidence that I can turn around matches, that I can play also three sets, also in the close moments that I'm there, that I can trust myself", said Kerber, adding that it was always hard to face an opponent for the first time.

Bencic will face fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals.

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It is the first time Vondrousova has beaten a top-five player.

Osaka struggled on serve and won just 54 percent of her first serves, and was broken in the opening game of the match. It's normal. And I give 100% of my inside on every match, every tournament, so that's why I suffer a little bit when I lose.

Osaka wasn't the only former champion eliminated on Tuesday as Simona Halep also hit the exits losing to 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

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.

"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.

She lost in straight sets in her next match to Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which left Osaka in tears.

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