Former Champions Osaka, Halep Fall At Indian Wells While Venus Keeps Winning

15 March, 2019, 22:21 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Tennis: Osaka finds positives despite Indian Wells upset

"So just things worked out for me", said Bencic.

She added that despite failing in the first title defence of her career, she thought she had handled the challenges well, saying: "I didn't lose in the first round". "I played I think a great match". Actually, today I cried after a long time. She finished out the next game for a 3-1 lead and led 5-1 before Collins saved a match point to hold and make Osaka serve out the match.

Following Fed Cup and her Dubai title over Petra Kvitova, Bencic has now won her last 11 matches. "I have been practicing on Court 3 for the past few days, and I'm really grateful there is a lot of people that come out and watch". "Then I just tried to really hype myself up". Andreescu - who roared to her first WTA final as a qualifier in Auckland in January, beating two former world number ones on the way - is in the quarter-finals of one of the WTA's elite premier mandatory events for the first time.

"I was running too much and too defensive", she said.

"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 never played her, so you're out there learning what they do well, what shots they select", Williams said, admitting that it wasn't until the second set that she felt 'OK, I understand'.

She will have another shot at a top-10 player when she takes on hard-hitting world number five Karolina Pliskova, who smashed 13 aces to dispatch Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (0) 4-6 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.


Osaka was not the only top player who was shocked in California court as world No. 2 and 2015 title victor Simona Halep also fell to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova by 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Vondrousova will go for another big win when she faces sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who battled to a 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Australian Ashleigh Barty.

"I need to do what I want, and what I want is to play the tournaments I want to play".

"You know, I was working before coming here on my fitness".

"She was playing really fast and flat, so that was something I was not really expecting", the German said of her opponent. Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel.

She lost in straight sets in her next match to Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which left Osaka in tears.

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