Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep sent packing from Indian Wells

Ross Houston
March 15, 2019

Osaka surprised the tennis world when she parted with coach Sascha Bajin shortly after winning the Australian Open and moving to number one in the world.

"It gives me confidence that I can turn around matches, that I can play also three sets, also in the close moments that I'm there, that I can trust myself", said Kerber, adding that it was always hard to face an opponent for the first time.

"I think it's always a bit tricky whenever you change someone in the team, but I feel like for a first tournament we did really well", she said of her partnership with Jenkins, a former United States collegiate star who served as a hitting partner to Venus Williams from 2015 until the end of last season. I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone.

Bencic will face fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals. "She sort of came out there really aggressive". "I mean, she's the number one player in the world".

Tennis: Osaka finds positives despite Indian Wells upset

Osaka's first-serve percentage was 66 and she won 70 percent of her first-serve points.

Sevastova was down 5-0 in the first set of her third round match with Estonian 21st seed Anett Kontaveit when she retired. I'm really happy with myself. "It was a little bit more windy in the second set, but I think tactic-wise, I played very solid". I'm hitting the ball well.

"In the first set I was just really flat-footed".

Unseeded Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova stunned world number two Simona Halep to reach the quarter-finals at Indian Wells. Halep got injured during the match and received treatment for blisters on her foot.


Men's third seed Alexander Zverev also said on Monday after losing to fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff that he too had a virus. "But it's everything I could do today".

Vondrousova has already defeated 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and last year's finalist Daria Kasatkina during her run in California.

Angelique Kerber, meanwhile, survived to earn a quarter-final showdown with Venus Williams.

Spain's Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam champion now ranked 20th in the world, out-lasted seventh-ranked Kiki Bertens 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 while Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam victor, beat Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-4.


The 19-year-old, ranked 61st in the world, beat the Romanian 6-2 3-6 6-2. "Yeah, I think I did well for my first time".

Osaka, 21, said she lacked maturity when as a relative unknown player she won the tournament past year to kick off her meteoric rise through the rankings.


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