Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep have had their run at the Indian Wells ended early in the fourth round.
Osaka’s match with Swiss 22-year old Belinda Bencic lasted just over an hour with the latter having the best of the Japanese in straight sets with the score being 6-3 6-1.
Despite her loss to Bencic, Osaka will still keep the number one spot in the WTA rankings thanks to Romanian Simona Halep’s defeat in the same tournament.
Naomi Osaka won her second consecutive major title last January at the Australian Open in Melbourne after defeating Petra Kvitova in a very hard-fought match at the Rod Laver Arena.
“I didn’t play that well,” Osaka said to the press after the match. “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 tried my best and I don’t really have any regrets.
“She was just playing so well. There wasn’t anything that I could do in that situation.”
Bencic is not new to beating top-10 players, having won against no. 9 Aryna Sabalenka, no. 2 Simona Halep, no. 6 Elina Svitolina, and no. 4 Kvitova at this year’s edition of the Dubai Tennis Championship.
🎶 I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 2⃣2⃣ 🎶
Two days after her 22nd birthday, @BelindaBencic gets the biggest present of all sending off word No. 1 and defending champion Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-1.
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 13, 2019
“I’m very confident with my game right now. I’m hitting the ball well. So just things worked out for me,” said the Swiss.
As for Simona Halep, she suffered yet another defeat this year against teenager Marketa Vondrousova. She lost in three sets after managing to equalise the score with the second set but it was all in vain as the 19-year old won the deciding set in the third.
When you give 100 per cent of what you have inside, losing hurts. But it's how you learn, how you rise again and how you play the next one that counts.
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) March 13, 2019
Before winning against Halep, Vondrousova also defeated 2017 Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko and last year’s finalist at the Indian Wells Daria Kasatkina.
In the third set, Halep managed to break in the seventh game but it was all too late as the teenager closed it off in the following game on 6-2.
“I was running a lot – I felt like I was dying for a moment,” Vondrousova joked after the match.
“I’m so happy to be through and so happy with my play.”
Big upset in the desert❗️
🇨🇿Marketa Vondrousova knocks out Halep in 3 sets to reach the QF in Indian Wells…
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) March 12, 2019
Up next for Vondrousova is Elina Svitolina who won her match against Ashleigh Barty in three sets.
Halep still needs to find a coach and is without any silverware since August when she won the Canadian Open.
The other players who made it through to the next round include Spanish former world number one Garbine Muguruza who won against Kiki Bertens and will now face the Canadian Bianca Andreescu. Andreescu, who’s still just 18-years old has won 23 and lost just three since the start of this year.
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