Osaka and Halep fall and Indian Wells runs out of their favorites

The Japanese, current champion of the tournament, was surprised by the Swiss Bencic while the Romanian fell to the Czech Vondrousova. Pliskova did manage to advance to quarters.


The Premier Mandatory of Indian Wells 2019 will have new champion after the Japanese defending champion Naomi Osaka fell to the knockout stage. Osaka, number 1 in the world, was overwhelmed by the Swiss Belinda Bencic, twenty-third favorite , who prevailed by 6-3 and 6-1 in little more than an hour of match. Bencic had a clear command of the first service (he won 82% of the points with his first serve) and made use of five of the eight break balls he had to take the match.

Bencic will now play for a place in the semifinals against the Czech Karolina Pliskova, who suffered against Estonian Anett Kontaveit, whom she beat in three sets by 7-6 (0) 4-6 and 6-2. Pliskova, fifth seed of the tournament, remains as a great favorite to the title after the eliminations of Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens ... and Simona Halep. The Romanian, like Osaka, could not pass this Tuesday's round of 16 after being surprised by the Czech Marketa Vondrousova in three sets by 6-2, 3-6 and 6-2.

Vondrousova will now be measured by a place in the semifinals against the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, sixth favorite, which beat Australia's Ashleigh Barty in the most exciting match of the day in three sets by 7-6 (8), 5-7 and 6-4 after 3 hours and 14 minutes of match . She will also be in the Venus Williams quarterfinals, which beat the German Mona Barthel (double 6-4) to meet another Teutonic tennis player, Angelique Kerber, who beat Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in another entertaining duel by 6-1, 4-6 and 6-4.

Round of 16 results from the Indian Mandates Premier Mandatory

Belinda Bencic (SUI, 23) to Naomi Osaka (JAP, 1) 6-3 and 6-1

Karolina Pliskova (RCH, 5) to Anett Kontaveit (EST, 21) ) 7-6 (0) 4-6 and 6-2

Venus Williams (USA) to Mona Barthel (ALE) 6-4 and 6-

4

Angelique Kerber (ALE, 8) to Aryna Sabalenka (BLR, 9) 6-1 , 4-6 and 6-

4

Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP, 20) to Kiki Bertens (HOL, 7) 5-7, 6-1 and 6-

4

Bianca Andreescu (CAN, WC) to Qiang Wang (CHN, 18) 7-5 and 6-2

Elina Svitolina (UCR, 6) to Ashleigh Barty (AUS, 12) 7-6 (8), 5-7 and 6-

4

Marketa Vondrousova (RCH) to Simona Halep (RUM, 2) 6 -2, 3-6 and 6-2



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