Defending champion Osaka progresses at Indian Wells

Kerber, Williams advance at Indian Wells

On the women's side, world No. 1 and defending champion Naomi Osaka crashed out after she was defeated by Switzerland's Belinda Bencic in a night session on the same court, the 23rd seed claiming a 6-3, 6-1 victory to reach the quarterfinals.

Osaka, who is the reigning US and Australian Open champion, saw her first career title defence go down in flames at the hands of a razor-sharp Bencic, who won their fourth-round match 6-3 6-1. Her triumph in this elite WTA premier mandatory tournament launched a stellar rise in 2018 that included a first Grand Slam title at the US Open.

After winning the Australian Open, Osaka shocked the tennis world by parting ways with her coach Sascha Bajin.

"I played well in the first set but my opponent played better from the second set on, making no technical mistakes in serves and strokes". "Honestly, at a time like this with that scoreline, I would usually feel very depressed and sad".

"But I feel pretty good right now, because I think, given the circumstances, I tried my best and I don't really have any regrets. He was aggressive in key situations and I couldn't execute", said Nishikori, who had his left calf taped.

Czech fifth seed Karolina Pliskova stands in the way of Bencic and the semi-finals following her 7-6 (7-0) 4-6 6-2 win over Anett Kontaveit.

Her departure came less than 24 hours after Serena Williams was unable to continue her match on Sunday, also citing a viral illness.

"She's the No. 1 player in the world". She won everything in the past couple of months.

"It is different from past year, but I think I am getting used to it", Osaka said. I'm just super happy to be on the big court.

"I think again, I will just focus on my game, of course, a little bit tactical things, but I will think of that tomorrow". Halep got injured during the match and received treatment for blisters on her foot. I was running too much and too defensive. "But it's everything I could do today".

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.

Kei Nishikori, of Japan, reacts to a lost point against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament on March 12, 2019, in Indian Wells, California.

The 19-year-old, ranked 61st in the world, beat the Romanian 6-2 3-6 6-2. She'll be doing the same in the round of 16 against Aryna Sabalenka, the ninth seed from Belarus who defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-5.

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. She beat four top-10 players on the way to the title in Dubai.

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