Halep breezes into semi-finals

Gladys Abbott
March 18, 2018

It is his best beginning to the season since 2006, when he started 16-0 and won 33 of his first 34 matches.

She next faces either wild card Danielle Collins or world number 27 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain. Williams returned to the top 10 previous year after being runner-up at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. I'm playing best matches against the best players. "Same for Venus", Federer said.

Federer is to face South Korea's Chung Hyeon, who defeated Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 6-3.

Serena Williams has not played for a long time after being a mom past year.

With gusting winds causing problems for both players, Halep took the first set comfortably, before finding herself 5-2 down in the second. But when I got the break in the first game, I sort of shifted a little bit more attention to returning, because it seemed like she was a little bit unconfident on her serve today. "I like it when it's the unknown, even though it can be a bit scary". Federer served his fifth love game of the match to close it out. His forehand volley went wide, giving Chung a break chance.

Next up for Halep is Petra Martic of Croatia, who beat Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (4).

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Halep attended Venus Williams' straight-set victory over 36-year-old sister and new mother Serena on Monday night.

In what was expected to be a slugfest at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the 44th-ranked Osaka piled pressure on Pliskova, causing trouble from the baseline and forcing her opponent into uncharacteristic errors.

Chardy committed 46 unforced errors to 29 for Federer, who won 90 percent of his total service points.

"It was good that after 3-1 I just woke up, and I realized that I'm not doing the right thing on court", Halep said. "You kind of hope for this kind of scoreline, but you never know if you're actually going to get it".

Kasatkina will play either seventh seed Caroline Garcia of France or Angelique Kerber of Germany in the quarter-finals. "I knew that in one moment if I will lose focus just for a second, they will come back and then the big battle, five hours again, will start". She crunched another forehand to 3-1 and Kerber looked more and more helpless. Kasatkina, projected to surpass her career-high of No.17 having a shot at Top 10 by winning the title, had already beaten Kerber at 2017 Sydney, in the most recent occasion a reigning World No.1 has lost to a teenager. She could be the number one seed for those tournaments. Osaka said after her first round win over Maria Sharapova when she was asked how she stayed composed after the Russian had broken back in the second set.

Osaka seemed unfazed by it all in her 6-2, 6-3 dismissal of world No. 5 Pliskova in the quarter-finals.

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