Indian Wells: Darya Kasatkina knocks out Caroline Wozniacki in round 4

Florence Fletcher
March 14, 2018

World number one Simona Halep did not need to be at her best as she beat Wang Qiang in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.

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.

Halep won this event in 2015 and Wozniacki won it in 2011.

The world number one emerged on top of a tight first set and rolled through the second over the course of a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of Wang on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

"I knew it would be like that because we practised a few days ago and she beat me in practice", Halep said.

"And, yeah, I'm playing (my) best matches against the best players".

"She outsmarted me today, which is fair enough", Wozniacki said. "I am confident. I am feeling the game", she said.

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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. Halep reclaimed the ranking just before Indian Wells.

Awaiting Williams in the quarterfinals is 27th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who beat American wild card Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-4. "So quite a simple rule". The oldest player in the draw, needing to reach the final to improve on her current ranking of No.8, can potentially return to the Top 5 if she wins the title and Karolina Pliskova does not reach the semifinal. "I did exactly what he said after that".

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 Simona Halep in the final.

Although Halep's own performance was far from faultless, particularly in the first set, the Romanian triumphed 7-5 6-1 and will now face Petra Martic in the last eight. I think this will change a little bit in the future, but for sure the game is good and not really any weakness.

Cilic won 19 of 23 points on his first serve, but failed to convert four break points against 31st-seeded Kohlschreiber, who snapped a 12-match skid against top-10 opponents.

Pliskova advances to the quarter-finals where she will face Naomi Osaka of Japan who beat unseeded Maria Sakkari 6-1, 5-7, 6-1.

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

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