Ranked Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep crash out of Indian Wells

Angelique Kerber needed three sets to defeat Natalia Vikhlyantseva at Indian Wells. EPA

"In the first set I was just really flat-footed".

Later on Tuesday, in their women's singles fourth-round match, top-seeded Osaka was outplayed by Bencic, who captured the title in Dubai, in just over an hour in the match between two players born in 1997.

"I'm so happy to be through and so happy with my play". Actually, today I cried after a long time.

Following Fed Cup and her Dubai title over Petra Kvitova, Bencic has now won her last 11 matches. But after that first game, I lost a lot of energy, those balls, and I feel like I rushed a little bit more after, and I made some mistakes. I tried to be positive throughout the entire match.

Next up for Vondrousova - who ensured two teenagers reached the Indian Wells quarters for the first time since 2009 following Bianca Andreescu's upset of Wang Qiang, which set up a match against Garbine Muguruza - is Elina Svitolina.

"I was trying to adjust, especially with my movement at the end of the first set and beginning of the second, and I think that was the key to coming back".

"[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. I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone.

Venus Williams beat Christina Mc Hale to reach the Indian Wells fourth round. AP
Venus Williams beat Christina Mc Hale to reach the Indian Wells fourth round. AP

Men's third seed Alexander Zverev also said on Monday after losing to fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff that he too had a virus.

Bencic, who just celebrated her 22nd birthday on Sunday, will now meet former semifinalist Karolina Pliskova who needed three sets to get past Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-2. I don't think it's going to be hard. I played really well in the first set, she came back really strong.

The women's field lost its top two seeds as Romania's Halep, the 2015 Indian Wells victor, fell to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Osaka, 21, said she lacked maturity when as a relative unknown player she won the tournament a year ago to kick off her meteoric rise through the rankings. "I know that I can play good matches, and I'm physically strong".

"Because I might have thrown a few tantrums last year and this year it's something I'm working on improving and I feel like it's going well".

But Kerber - the eighth seed - rallied to secure a meeting with 2018 semi-finalist Williams, who defeated Mona Barthel 6-4 6-4.

Osaka had won nine straight games at Indian Wells, but Martina Navratilova in 1990-91 remains the only women's repeat victor in the event.

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