Simona Halep races into Indian Wells quarter-finals as Wozniacki is dumped out

World number one Simona Halep booked her place in the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals with straight sets victory over China’s Qiang Wang on Tuesday.

The Romanian breezed past Wang, beating the world no. 55 7-5 6-1 in only 76 minutes.

Halep said she is happy with the way she is playing at this stage in the tournament.

“I wasn’t missing that much,” she said. “I dominated a little bit more.”

“I knew it would be like that because we practised a few days ago and she beat me in practice,” Halep said.

The top seed will face unseeded Petra Martic of Croatia who beat Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova also made it through to the quarter-finals, beating 16-year-old Amanda Anisimova 6-1 7-6(2).

American Anisimova, a tournament wildcard, had beaten ninth seed Petra Kvitova in the third round.

Czech Pliskova, the world number five, will play Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who beat Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-1 5-7 6-1.

Australian Open champion, Caroline Wozniacki went down in straight sets to Daria Kataskina, losing 4-6, 5-7, while Venus Williams sealed progress with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova.

Elsewhere in the men’s draw, world number three Marin Cilic suffered a defeat in straight sets to Philipp Kohlschreiber, losing 6-4 6-4 to the German.

Kohlschreiber will next play the unseeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who won his third round match when fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils retired with a back injury.

Juan Martin del Potro beat Spaniard David Ferrer 6-4 7-6(3) and will play countrymam Leonardo Mayer, who defeated Japan’s Taro Daniel 6-4 6-1.

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