Osaka shrugs off Indian Wells upset

Tennis: Osaka finds positives despite Indian Wells upset

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While world No. 1 Naomi Osaka has never played Belinda Bencic on the WTA Tour, she considers her fourth-round Indian Wells opponent to be "a star".

Naomi Osaka followed Simona Halep through the exit door at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday as the top two players in the world were sent packing in the fourth round at Indian Wells.

Osaka, meanwhile, was trying to find the positives after falling in the fourth round 6-3, 6-1 in just 66 minutes to a red-hot Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

Following Fed Cup and her Dubai title over Petra Kvitova, Bencic has now won her last 11 matches. "But honestly, I think at a time like this with that scoreline, I would usually feel very depressed and sad. Yeah, I think I did well for my first time".

"Here I have really good memories and you guys are super awesome", she said to the cheering crowd.

Bencic will face either Karolina Pliskova or Anett Kontaveit in the quarter-finals of the WTA Premier event.

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Halep, who received medical treatment for blisters on her foot during the match, won less than half of her first-service points and hit just six winners to go with 36 unforced errors.

But there were no tears on Tuesday as Osaka said she was adjusting to being the world number one and always having a target on her back.

That marked the start of a remarkable rise that included Osaka's first Grand Slam title at the US Open.

"[Matches like this] give me again confidence that I can turn around matches; that I can play also three sets; also in the close moments that I'm there, that I can trust myself", Kerber said. Vondrousova, who beat 2018 runner-up Daria Kasatkina and former French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko on the way to the fourth round, will go for another big win when she faces sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who battled to a 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Australian Ashleigh Barty. "I was just fighting for every point".

She will play Spain's Garbine Muguruza next, after the former world number one beat Kiki Bertens 5-7 6-1 6-4.

She will play either Ukraine's Elina Svitolina or Australian Ashleigh Barty in the last eight. It took some time, but eventually the Swiss managed to get back to a great form also helped by her boyfriend Martin Hromkovic that is her fitness trainer. 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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