Monday, 25 March, 2019


Naomi Osaka Thrashed By Belinda Bencic In Indian Wells 2019

Angelique Kerber needed three sets to defeat Natalia Vikhlyantseva at Indian Wells. EPA Angelique Kerber needed three sets to defeat Natalia Vikhlyantseva at Indian Wells. EPA
Noah Ferguson | 15 March, 2019, 08:53

After winning the Australian Open, Osaka shocked the tennis world by parting ways with her coach Sascha Bajin.

I'm really happy with myself. But I feel pretty good right now, because I tried my best and I don't really have any regrets.

"I never played her, so it's also you're out there learning", Williams said.

Bencic, who turned 22 on Sunday, is back on the rise after a string of injuries stalled a career that had exploded with two precocious WTA titles in 2015.

The world No. 23 player will next battle against fifth seed player Karolina Pliskova for her place in the semi-finals.

The victory over Osaka came in "very high" in her list of big wins.

"I need to do what I want, and what I want is to play the tournaments I want to play". "She won everything in the past couple of months", Bencic said.

"I played, I think, a great match". I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone. "It's not going to get any easier from here, so I just have to continue to raise my game".

"When I hit a good return, I was wondering why this didn't happen in singles", he said.

Venus Williams beat Christina Mc Hale to reach the Indian Wells fourth round. AP
Venus Williams beat Christina Mc Hale to reach the Indian Wells fourth round. AP

"I felt comfortable with trying to control the point from there", said Williams, who fired 20 winners and converted seven of her nine break point chances.

Halep's loss ensured Osaka will retain her number one ranking after the tournament.

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. I was running too much and too defensive. "So, I just had to go out there and try to stay tough and fight until the very last point, and it really helped me today".

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".

The win was 19-year-old Vondrousova's first over a top-10 player in six attempts. Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel.

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.

And Osaka, whose first career title came at this Premier Mandatory event previous year, advanced to a meeting with Bencic, the 23rd seed who defeated Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 6-2. "Yeah, I think I did well for my first time".

Andreescu improved her match record for 2019 to 25-3, including qualifying, as she became the youngest player to make the last eight at Indian Wells since a 17-year-old Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached the semis in 2009.

It was a day to forget for Halep, who fell victim to Vondrousova 6-2 3-6 6-2.

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