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Bencic dethrones Osaka in Indian Wells for second No.1 win

Bencic dethrones Osaka in Indian Wells for second No.1 win

Tuesday in the 8th finals, against Swiss Belinda Bencic (22, 23rd in the world) Naomi was unable to worry Belinda, who won in 2 sets [6-3, 6-1] eliminating Naomi from Indian Wells Tournament "It's a little tough compared the look of the game, but I'm really happy", said Belinda Bencic after the match, adding, "Naomi, she's number one and she's nearly everything gained in recent months".

World number one Naomi Osaka crashed out of Indian Wells on Tuesday, routed by Belinda Bencic on a day that saw second-ranked Simona Halep sent packing, too.

The 21-year-old added that she could see a change in herself since her Indian Wells victory last year sparked a stellar 2018 campaign that included a win over Serena Williams in the US Open final.

Collins, trying to build on a breakout run to the Australian Open semi-finals, failed in her bid to avenge her 6-1, 6-0 loss to Osaka in their only prior meeting in Beijing past year.

"I'm so happy to be through and so happy with my play".

Bencic, who turned 22 on Sunday, is back on the rise after a string of injuries stalled a career that had exploded with two WTA titles in 2015.

Bencic will face fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals.

"She was playing really fast and flat, so that was something I was not really expecting", the German said of her opponent. "I played I think a great match".

Osaka's first-serve percentage was 66 and she won 70 percent of her first-serve points. I felt like I can win that match.

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"I think I'm just more confident in myself".

"I was pretty determined this year", Williams said. Halep, who received treatment for blisters on her foot during the match, hit just six winners and piled up 36 unforced errors. I was running too much and too defensive.

Halep's loss ensured Osaka will retain her number one ranking after the tournament.

Vondrousova has already defeated 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and last year's finalist Daria Kasatkina during her run in California.

Ranked 36th in the world, Venus Williams endured three sets in her first two matches.

Another teenager, unseeded Canadian Bianca Andreescu, upset 18th seed Wang Qiang of China 7-5 6-2 to book her place in the quarters.

Kohlschreiber, 35, stunned the top seed and five-time former champion 6-4, 6-4 in Indian Wells.

The Ukraine No. 1 outlasted Ash Barty 7-6 (8), 5-7, 6-4 in a grueling 3 hours, 12 minutes, the longest match thus far of the WTA season. Williams will fight for a semi-final berth against eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber, who beat ninth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

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