Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Indian Wells: Simona Halep out, Garbine Muguruza & Bianca Andreescu through

Indian Wells: Simona Halep out, Garbine Muguruza & Bianca Andreescu through

The Swiss scored her second career win against a reigning World No.1, having also defeated Serena Williams en route to winning the Rogers Cup in Toronto four years ago.

World number one Naomi Osaka put another solid performance, defeating Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 16 match of Paribas Open on Monday (local time).

This time in the 2 hour, 4 minute match, Nishikori allowed Hurkacz to convert his third break point chance to take the second set 6-4.

"Here I have really good memories and you guys are super awesome", she said to the cheering crowd. "It's not going to get any easier from here, so I just have to continue to raise my game".

"I just kind of realized there's nothing else I'd rather do and I'm privileged to be here in the first place, so I might as well enjoy every step of the way", said Osaka, who won her first WTA title in Indian Wells previous year.

Bencic will face either Karolina Pliskova or Anett Kontaveit in the quarter-finals of the WTA Premier event.

It is the first time Vondrousova has beaten a top-five player.

The women's field lost its top two seeds as Romania's Halep, the 2015 Indian Wells victor, fell to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

"I haven't played that much, so I wanted to make it count", said Williams, who expects to play about 12 tournaments this year.

"I feel like there is no anonymity", she said. "I mean, she's the number one player in the world". Vondrousova, who beat 2018 runner-up Daria Kasatkina and former French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko on the way to the fourth round, 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 played really well in the first set, she came back really strong.

Halep responded after losing the opening set, dropping just three service points to level the match in fine fashion. No. 8 Angelique Kerber outlasted qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 and No. 9 Aryna Sabalenka defeated 24th-seeded Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-5.

Garbine Muguruza and 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu advanced to an afternoon showdown today.

She will fight for a quarter-final berth against Mona Barthel, a 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 victor over Julia Goerges in an all-German contest.

She will play either Ukraine's Elina Svitolina or Australian Ashleigh Barty in the last eight.

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