Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Indian Wells: Darya Kasatkina knocks out Caroline Wozniacki in round 4

Indian Wells: Darya Kasatkina knocks out Caroline Wozniacki in round 4

Halep and second seed Caroline Wozniacki have taken turns being No. 1 this year with Wozniacki grabbing it after beating Halep in three sets in the Australian Open final and Halep winning it back just prior to Indian Wells.

Speaking after her fourth-round win over China's Wang Qiang, Halep said: "To give birth is the best thing in the world".

Pliskova will face 20-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan, who defeated Maria Sakkari 6-1 5-7 6-1 to reach her first Indian Wells quarter-final.

Halep, bidding to become the 12th top seed to lift up the trophy and repeat her 2015 title-run, will spend her 18th and 19th weeks as World No.1 during Indian Wells, moving her past Jennifer Capriati (17 weeks) and Jelena Jankovic (18 weeks). "So quite simple rule".

The 25-year-old Czech Pliskova blasted four aces and broke Anisimova's serve three times in the one hour, 32 minute match.

Halep said she thought Williams "should have been ranked as she left". I just want to have the plan what I have to do.

Halep can hold onto the top ranking by reaching the final here. Wozniacki had a chance to get the No. 1 back but she needed to win the Indian Wells title to do it.

"It was a quick turnaround from last night when it feels like, 'Hey, this is a final to you're only in the fourth round, '" Williams said on court.

"There were some points where she just played and it was too good", Williams said.

"But now with experience and with time I'm getting into it. I think everything is pretty solid".

"I knew it would be like that because we practised a few days ago and she beat me in practice", she added.

Kasatkina next plays 10th seed Angelique Kerber, of Germany, who roared past seventh seeded Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-1.

Although Halep's own performance was far from faultless, particularly in the first set, the Romanian triumphed 7-5 6-1 and will now face Petra Martic in the last eight. "So I will have to work hard", Halep told the Tennis Channel. "I did exactly what he said after that".

A day after beating her sister Serena, Venus Williams moved past Anastasija Sevastova 7-6 (6) 6-4 and will next face Carla Suarez Navarro, who defeated Danielle Collins 6-2 6-4. It was the first time Venus has beaten Serena since 2014 in Montreal.

"It was not an easy match to figure out", Venus said of her victory Tuesday.

Williams, who is the oldest female player in the draw at 37, rallied in the second set against Sevastova to book her spot in the quarter-finals.

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