Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Halep beats Wang to reach BNP Paribas quarters

Halep beats Wang to reach BNP Paribas quarters

Simona Halep sailed through to the quarter-finals of Indian Wells on Wednesday with an easy win over China's Wang Qiang.

It was a disappointing exit for Wozniacki, who finally silenced her critics earlier this year with her maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne, where she defeated Simona Halep in the final.

Kasatkina next plays 10th seed Angelique Kerber, of Germany, who roared past seventh seeded Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-1.

The Romanian, who won the desert title in 2015, spent an hour and a quarter in advancing to the last eight, where she faces either Croatian Petra Martic or Czech Marketa Vondrousova.

Halep needed just 76 minutes on the main stadium court to dispatch Wang as she won 64 percent of her first-serve points and broke Wang's serve seven times. "Just focusing on every single match that I can play".

The 2018 Australian Open finalist is one of the two former champions left in the draw and has won 17 out of 18 matches in this season.

Speaking after her match, number one seed Halep also said tennis authorities should consider introducing a "protected seeding" system for players returning after maternity leave.

Only Wozniacki can usurp her atop the WTA rankings after Indian Wells, but she must win the title and hope Halep lose before the final. She asked Darren Cahill's advice and her coach suggested her to work longer points and reduce the error count.

"So it was a good chat".

Meanwhile, Venus Williams survived a hard fourth round test to beat Latvia's Sevastova 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 just one day after beating sister Serena in a third round contest.

Meanwhile, Williams survived a hard fourth round test to beat Sevastova just one day after beating sister Serena for the first time since 2014 in Montreal. "I am confident. I am feeling the game", she said. "But guess what, you're only in the fourth round'".

To reinforce their hopes, Venus has to beat Carla Suarez Navarro or wildcard Danielle Collins in the quarterfinals.

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