Halep into quarters, Venus advances

WTA Indian Wells Simona Halep outduels Qiang Wang for the straight sets victory

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.

The 26-year-old Halep improved to 18-1 on the season and is looking to win her second WTA Tour title of 2018.

A fantastic drop shot attempt to save a break point at 0-3 15-40 completely turned the tides for Kasatkina as her excellent ability to absorb the pace and redirect it caused some troubles for Wozniacki, and the youngster soon found herself on board by fending off multiple break points.

Kasatkina needed just 58 minutes to dispatch former No.1 Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2 in the quarter-finals. "And, yeah, I'm playing (my) best matches against the best players".

"That's maybe why I'm here because I refuse to lose".

Asked about her giant-killing form of late, Kasatkina said she is young and eager to learn every time she steps on the court against a Grand Slam champion, world number one or top 10 player.

Halep called for a timeout in the first set so her coach Darren Cahill could come down to the court to discuss strategy.

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

Halep is now in the quarter-finals at Indian Wells and will face Croatia's Petra Martic while Venus takes on Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. "So the conditions weren't, like, that important today for me", said Osaka.

"I just fought till the end, and I think that's why I could win". His forehand pulled Chardy completely off the court and Federer hit a crosscourt backhand victor off Chardy's return.

Pliskova said, "I guess everything was a little bit off from my side, for sure, today". Pictured: Serena Williams (L) of the United States shakes hands with Simona Halep of Romania after defeating her during their Women's Singles Quarterfinals Match on Day Ten of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

6-3 triumph ensured she advanced to the semi-finals at Indian Wells for the third time.

"Also I have many things to learn from them".

She will play either Venus Williams or Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in Saturday's final.

"I'm happy, but also I feel like it's cooler to go to the finals and win it, so I'm going to try to do that", Osaka said.

Kerber has reached the quarter-finals or better at all five tournaments played in 2018 but she was never able to match the Russian pressure from the baseline.

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