Halep and Venus into quarters, Kasatkina ousts Wozniacki

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

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

The World No.1 is now 17-1 on the season having already won a title in both singles and doubles at Shenzhen, China.

Martic defeated the Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

The turning point in the third set came for Halep after she won a challenge in the eighth game with Martic holding serve. "It's just real talent".

"So it was a good chat. I did exactly what he said after that".

Venus Williams survived a hard fourth round test to beat Latvia's Sevastova 7-6, 6-4 just one day after beating sister Serena in a third round contest.

Halep, who won the title in the Californian desert in 2015, has only lost one match this season - the defeat by Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open final - and underlined her all-court game with a strong service display and broke Martic's serve nine times. 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 think she should have been actually No.1 seed in this tournament because she left as No.1 in the world", the Romanian was quoted by WTA official website as saying on Wednesday.

Halep can hold onto the top ranking by reaching the final here.

Although the Chinese eventually stopped the rot with a break of her own, Halep soon took charge again and cruised to an ultimately routine victory.

Simona Halep was largely untroubled in her victory over Qiang Wang at Indian Wells.

Kasatkina will play either seventh seed Caroline Garcia of France or Angelique Kerber of Germany in the quarter-finals.

"The previous match was really tough for my body", said Halep, who missed some time this year with a right foot injury.

"I stayed so many weeks off with injury and now coming back, so I was a little bit exhausted". Wozniacki blew a 3-0 lead in the first set and was on the run most of the match before losing for the second time this year to the 20-year-old Russian.

"I'm playing best matches against the best players", Kasatkina said.

Meanwhile, Williams survived a hard fourth round test to beat Sevastova.

Williams, who is the oldest female player in the draw at 37, rallied back in the second set to book her spot in the quarter-finals.

Awaiting Williams in the quarterfinals is 27th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who beat American wild card Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-4.

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.

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