World No. 2 Wozniacki Ousted In Indian Wells

Angelique Kerber

Kasatkina will play either seventh seed Caroline Garcia of France or Angelique Kerber of Germany in the quarter-finals.

"I'm playing my best matches against the best players", she said. Garcia would have probably agreed to return serve whole day long since he lost 60% of the points in her games, facing no less than 13 break points and getting broken six times in a row to hit the exit door in just over an hour. Wozniacki had a chance to get the No. 1 back, but she needed to win the Indian Wells title to do it.

Kerber was similarly comfortable, having few troubles in getting past Caroline Garcia to reach the last eight.

The 20-year-old Kasatkina, who has beaten all four reigning Grand Slam champions in the past year, continued her giant-killing form with a 6-4, 7-5 shock victory over world No. 2 Wozniacki. While Halep overcame a sluggish start to beat Wang Qiang 7-5 6-1, Australian Open champion Wozniacki fell to the same player who knocked her out of last month's St. Petersburg Ladies Open.

It marked the second time Kasatkina has beaten Wozniacki this year, with the Russian to face Kerber next.

The left-handed German flew to a big lead in the opening set, breaking Garcia to start the match via a curling forehand victor on break point, and then clinching a double-break advantage for 3-0, as her signature wing was flummoxing the Frenchwoman, both crosscourt and down the line.

The Dane could have reclaimed top spot by winning the tournament but her run was ended at the fourth round stage by a determined Kasatkina.

The Russian began to mix up her game nicely, including high balls with no pace, drop shots and slices, and Wozniacki struggled to find the answer for that, dropping serve again in game seven after a backhand error to lose all the advantage and the set after a service victor from Kasatkina in game 10.

Kerber thus extends her head-to-head lead over Garcia to 4-2, and avenges her loss to the Frenchwoman in their most recent match - a first-round encounter a year ago at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open that kickstarted Garcia's run to back-to-back titles in Wuhan and Beijing and a spot in the Top 10.

She broke back in game nine and again at 5-5 after a poor forehand from Wozniacki which cost her dearly. The youngster closed the match with a forehand down the line victor in the 12th game, celebrating one of her biggest wins in a career so far.

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