Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Halep, Venus advance, Wozniacki knocked-out

Halep, Venus advance, Wozniacki knocked-out

Romania's star player Simona Halep, who now tops the WTA women's tennis rankings, defeated Croatian Petra Martic in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, advancing to her third Indian Wells semifinal.

Despite being at the top of the rankings, Halep is yet to win a Grand Slam, having recently lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the 2018 Australian Open in January.

Speaking after defeating China's Wang Qiang in the fourth round of the Indian Wells, Simona Halep said that Williams should have been the top-seeded in the competition.

Halep advances to the quarter-finals where she will face unseeded Petra Martic of Croatia who beat Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).

The Russian beat No.13 Stephens in 3r and No.2 Wozniacki in R16, her fourth and fifth Top 20 wins of the season, and followed them with her ninth top 10 career victory. A day after beating her sister Serena, Venus Williams moved past Anastasija Sevastova 7-6 (6) 6-4 and will next face Carla Suarez Navarro, who defeated Danielle Collins 6-2 6-4. "It was good that after 3-1 I just woke up and I realized that I'm not doing the right thing on court".

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"So I'm glad I was able to play them, and I'm glad I was able to play two night matches on center".

That victory not only earned Wozniacki her first Grand Slam title but it made her the world number one.

Kasatkina said she tries not to take any opponent for granted, especially a former world number one like Kerber.

Top-ranked Simona Halep of Romania has said Serena Williams is still the best tennis player in the world.

"She outsmarted me", Wozniacki said. I tried to mix it up.

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She clawed her way back on level terms forcing a momentum-swinging tie-break that Martic edged to take us into a decider.

She will play Japan's Naomi Osaka after her 6-1 5-7 6-1 win over Greece's Maria Sakkari. She told reporters: "I think I guess everything was a little bit off from my side, for sure, today". "It's a great thing what they do for sport, and it's great that tennis has them".

Halep called for a timeout in the first set so her coach Darren Cahill could come down to the court to discuss strategy. That's why I'm trying just to go in to watch every time I can. She was playing very well, hitting her spots - forehands, even the backhands. Coric next plays No. 7 Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who beat No. 11 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8).

The Romanian was in the stands for the Williams sisters' third-round match in California, which Venus won 6-3 6-4.

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