Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Federer advances to quarter-finals; Halep reaches semifinals

Federer advances to quarter-finals; Halep reaches semifinals

The world No.1 is the defending champion and is looking to record a sixth title in the California desert; but will need to reach the semi-finals or risk being overtaken by Rafael Nadal in the rankings. In the victory, Chung won 73 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points.

He needed just 82 minutes to wrap up victory against Chardy, winning 100% of his first serves and breaking him just once in each set.

In the second set he broke Chardy in the ninth game to lead 5-4.

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epa06604503 Hyeon Chung of South Korea in action against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, USA, 14 March 2018. The next step for the 21-year-old is learning how to win the big matches, as Chung hasn't exactly been able to get over the top when making a deep tournament run. "How good will still remain to be seen".

Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) and Canada's Milos Raonic won in a walkover when Marcos Baghdatis withdrew from their night match with an illness. "Not easy to play with the wind, but I'm just trying to focus all the time". Chung has lost four of his last five quarterfinal matches.

Daria Kasatkina routed former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open.

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Halep next plays the victor of a quarter-final between No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic and Naomi Osaka of Japan.

The Thornhill, Ont., product and No. 32 seed will face American Sam Querrey, who is seeded 18th.

"I am surprised he came back so soon".

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It's a rematch of this year's Australian Open semifinal, where the Swiss master defeated the South Korean en route to emerging as eventual victor in Melbourne. Hitting her spots, forehands, even the backhands. "I was definitely not feeling the best".

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