Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Osaka powers past Collins into Indian Wells 4th round

Osaka powers past Collins into Indian Wells 4th round

World No 1 and defending champion Naomi Osaka powered past American Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 on Monday to book a fourth-round meeting with resurgent Swiss Belinda Bencic at Indian Wells.

"She's the No. 1 player in the world".

"I haven't played that much, so I wanted to make it count", said Williams, who expects to play about 12 tournaments this year. "So just things worked out for me", said Bencic.

"We communicate well, so I think that's a really big plus". "I was just fighting for every point".

Following Fed Cup and her Dubai title over Petra Kvitova, Bencic has now won her last 11 matches.

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Collins struggled with her serve throughout the match, committing seven double faults and connecting on just 47 percent of her first serves. "There wasn't anything that I could do in that situation".

Bencic, who just celebrated her 22nd birthday on Sunday, will now meet former semifinalist Karolina Pliskova who needed three sets to get past Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-2. "I know from that point on it's gonna be a very interesting match". We are good friends also with her sister.

"We communicate well. So I think that's a really big plus". "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".

Only 65 minutes went by as Osaka was on the receiving end of a comprehensive 6-3 6-1 defeat to Bencic.

"I always trust my fitness", Svitolina added.

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"I need to do what I want, and what I want is to play the tournaments I want to play". It's one of my strengths, I would say.

She was unable to convert four match points against Vikhlyantseva's serve at 5-1 and was broken to love when serving for the match at 5-2 before finally putting it away.

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

For the second year in a row, three-time grand slam champion Kerber will feature in the quarters following her hard-fought 6-1 4-6 6-4 victory against Aryna Sabalenka.

Osaka conceded she didn't play well, but she didn't find the lopsided scoreline depressing because "I tried my best and I don't really have any regrets". The win was the 18-year-old Andreescu's 25th of the year, the most of any WTA player. The Canadian who is enjoying her breakout season is appearing in her first Premier Mandatory event.

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Angelique Kerber, meanwhile, survived to earn a quarter-final showdown with Venus Williams.

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