Simona Halep wins, US teen Amanda Anisimova's run ends at Indian Wells


(G.N.S) DT.14 Women's world number 1 Simona Halep safely progressed into the quarter-finals with a convincing 7-5, 6-1 victory against Wang Qiang.

A day after beating her sister Serena, Venus Williams moved past Anastasija Sevastova 7-6 (6) 6-4 and will next face Carla Suarez Navarro, who defeated Danielle Collins 6-2 6-4.

Kasatkina recorded her second straight win over Wozniacki, having also beaten the Australian Open champ at the St. Petersburg tournament last month.

No. 32 Milos Raonic of Canada defeated Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 and will meet Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, who beat lucky loser Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (7), 6-4. "I was playing aggressive and she didn't have time to play her game", Pliskova said in the post-match interview.

"Not taking the ranking because she didn't play tournaments, but just protected ranking for - I don't know how many tournaments you have, like, eight".

Halep said she thought Williams "should have been ranked as she left".

"It was a quick turnaround from last night when it feels like, 'Hey, this is a final to you're only in the fourth round, '" Williams said on court.

Williams has no official ranking after spending a year off court, which means she can not be seeded for WTA events.

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The Romanian has never lost to a player outside the Top 30 at Indian Wells with her worst by-ranking defeat coming to No.29 Martínez Sánchez in 2011. "So quite a simple rule". "I did exactly what he said after that".

"I love the way that they are motivated and they are still playing at this age, Serena with the kid", Halep said.

It was a disappointing exit for Wozniacki, who finally silenced her critics earlier this year with her maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne, where she defeated Halep in the final.

She will next play un-seeded Petra Martic of Croatia, who overcame Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-6 to progress.

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova used her powerful serve to overwhelm 16-year-old Amanda Anisimova and reach the quarter-finals for the third year in a row.

"I stayed so many weeks off with injury and now coming back, so I was a little bit exhausted". Pliskova won the first seven points of the match and made her opponent commit 13 unforced errors to just 5 winners.

"I just couldn't execute as well as I wanted to".