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

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

The world no.23 is having a glorious winning streak of 9 matches after winning Dubai and following her run in Indian Wells where she is in the quarters.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka crashed out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in a straight-sets loss to Belinda Bencic.

The 38-year-old Williams, who showed her mettle in the second round where she upset world number three Petra Kvitova, will meet unseeded German Mona Barthel in the fourth round.

Recalling her loss to Bencic at last year's Hopman Cup, the Japanese, who is seeking her first title defence, said: "That's really wonderful, the fact that she was able to come back from her injury and still play at a really top level". "Honestly, at a time like this with that scoreline, I would usually feel very depressed and sad".

Bencic next faces fifth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova, who downed Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (10/8), 4-6, 6-2.

Top seed Naomi Osaka was blitzed by Belinda Bencic, while Simona Halep went down to Marketa Vondrousova in the last 16. "I mean, she's the number one player in the world".

"I think it's always a bit tricky whenever you change someone in the team, but I feel like for a first tournament we did really well", she said of her partnership with Jenkins, a former United States collegiate star who served as a hitting partner to Venus Williams from 2015 until the end of last season.

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Two wayward forehands and a double fault from Djokovic helped Kohlschreiber to another break for a 5-2 lead. Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel .

"She sort of came out there really aggressive", Osaka said. Halep, who received treatment for blisters on her foot during the match, hit just six winners and piled up 36 unforced errors.

"I liked my chances more at night against Kohlschreiber, but it wasn't to be last night", Djokovic said.

Osaka said the first title defense of her career had brought different challenges, and she thought she handled them well.

Bencic was the youngest woman to break into the top 10 since 2009 when she made the list in February 2016 as an 18-year-old, but a litany of injuries has stalled her progress. "Yeah, I did well for my first time".

She will play either Ukraine's Elina Svitolina or Australian Ashleigh Barty in the last eight. 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.

Spain's Muguruza out-lasted seventh-ranked Kiki Bertens 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 while Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam victor, beat Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-4.

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