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Halep into quarters, Venus advances

15 March 2018, 02:31 | Charlene Valdez

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Indian Wells World no 1 Halep into quarters Venus advances

Halep needed just 76 minutes on the main stadium court to dispatch Wang.

Kasatkina will next in the quarters meet No. 10 seed Angelique Kerber who rolled past No. 7 seed Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-1.

She said Serena Williams - who made her return at this year's tournament after having a baby in September - "should have been seeded number one, because she left as number one in the world".

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. But as I say, if you want to be on the top, you have to beat the top players.

Earlier on Tuesday, Halep booked a quarter-final place against Petra Martic after getting the better of China's Wang.

Halep marched back onto the court following some words of wisdom from coach Darren Cahill, but the favourite was up against it at 3-1 down. "So I will have to work hard", Halep told the Tennis Channel. "I knew that I had to change something, but I didn't realize what it was exactly", she said.

Pliskova's 6-1 7-6 (7-2) victory ended a remarkable run for the young American, a tournament wildcard who took out ninth-seeded Petra Kvitova in the third round for the biggest win of her young career. "I did exactly what he said after that".

In other women's matches, eighth seeded Venus Williams survived a stern test from Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova to win 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 and fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat Amanda Anisimova of the US 6-1, 7-6 (7/2). It was the first time Venus has beaten Serena since 2014 in Montreal.

The Romanian came storming back, though, breaking twice to get back in front and hitting a couple of sublime winners as she served out the match.

"It was not an easy match to figure out", Venus said of her victory Tuesday. "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". Williams, who is the oldest female player in the draw at 37, will face either wild card Danielle Collins or World No.27 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in the last eight.

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