World No. 1 Simona Halep advanced Tuesday, and No. 8 seed Venus Williams made good on her previous victory over her sister at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Halep overcame a rough start against China’s Qiang Wang to advance 7-5, 6-1, while Williams kept her momentum moving forward with a 7-6(6), 6-4 victory over No. 21 seed Anastasija Sevastova.
Halep’s reward is a quarterfinal meeting with the unseeded Petra Martic, who beat fellow un-seed Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-6(4).
Venus will face No. 27 seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who ended the run of American wildcard Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-4.
“She has everything in her game,” Venus said of Sevastova. “And it was a quick comeback from yesterday, where you have the emotions of, ‘Hey, this feels like a final [against Serena]!’ But guess what, you’re only in the fourth round.”
No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova and the waiting-to-break-out Naomi Osaka set up a quarterfinal meeting when Osaka beat Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-1, 5-7, 6-1, and Pliskova stopped the run of 16-year-old American wildcard Amanda Anisimova 6-1, 7-6(2).
In the final night match No. 20 seed Daria Kasatkina ousted No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 7-5, coming back from a break down in both sets as the Dane was unable to put her away.
“Me and Caroline, we are playing kind of tactic tennis,” Kasatkina said. “From my side, it was like a chess game because we’ve got a bit time during the game, during the ball was flying, so you can, like, in one second to think where to put the ball, how to put the ball…I’m just going on court and actually now enjoying every minute during I’m playing. I’m playing best matches against the best players. But as I say, if you want to be on the top, you have to beat the top players. So, quite simple rule.”
Kasatkina will next in the quarters meet No. 10 seed Angelique Kerber who rolled past No. 7 seed Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-1.
Quarterfinals on court Wednesday in Indian Wells will be Halep vs. Martic and Pliskova vs. Osaka.
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