Ranked Osaka shocked by Bencic in Indian Wells

Annette Crawford
March 15, 2019

The No.23 seed ousted defending champion and World No.1 Naomi Osaka in 65 minutes to advance to the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open, 6-3, 6-1. She followed that with an Australian Open crown that sent her to number one.

Osaka conceded she didn't play well, but she didn't find the lopsided scoreline depressing because "I tried my best and I don't really have any regrets".

"She was playing really fast and flat, so that was something I was not really expecting", the German said of her opponent.

Bencic, who turned 22 on Sunday, is back on the rise after a string of injuries stalled a career that had exploded with two precocious WTA titles in 2015.

Fifth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova relied on a solid service game in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure. "It's just really exciting to come out here every day and for everyone to be so kind". She won everything in the past couple of months. There were so many fans, I think that that's part of the experience. "It's not going to get any easier from here, so I just have to continue to raise my game". "I think that we are all sort of on the same page, and we are all looking forward to Miami", she said.

Osaka wasn't the only former champion eliminated on Tuesday as Simona Halep also hit the exits losing to 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Halep got injured during the match and received treatment for blisters on her foot.

"I was running too much and too defensive", she said. I knew that she's young, and she has nothing to lose today.


Osaka fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins, who came on court during the match.

Meanwhile, Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber stunned Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday, claiming his first career win over a world No. 1 player to reach the fourth round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters tennis tournament.

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) in her fourth round match as she defeated Kiki Bertens (not pictured).

Spain's Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam champion now ranked 20th in the world, out-lasted seventh-ranked Kiki Bertens 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 while Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam victor, beat Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-4.

Another teenager, unseeded Canadian Bianca Andreescu, upset 18th seed Wang Qiang of China 7-5 6-2 to book her place in the quarters.

The previous year has been a whirlwind for the Japanese, who defeated her idol Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final in a match best remembered for the American's heated argument with the chair umpire as Osaka looked on.

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