Osaka, Halep sent packing from Indian Wells

Osaka, Halep sent packing from Indian Wells

World No. 1 and defending champion Naomi Osaka crashed out of the fourth round of the women's tournament at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, upset by a lower-seeded challenger just hours after fellow countryman Kei Nishikori suffered the same fate in the third round of the men's tournament.

Tuesday's match against Osaka was also the first-ever match for Bencic against a No.1 not named Williams, as she lost her first career match against the American when she occupied the top spot in Madrid in 2014.

Bencic stunned two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the final at Dubai last month to capture her first WTA title in four years. "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". Djokovic owned an 8-1 record against Kohlschreiber, who beat a No. 1 player for the first time.

Fifth seed Karolina Pliskova was not at her very best but still prevailed 6-3 6-2 over Ysaline Bonaventure.

"I think it's always a bit tricky whenever you change someone in the team, but I feel like for a first tournament we did really well", she said of her partnership with Jenkins, a former USA collegiate star who served as a hitting partner to Venus Williams from 2015 until the end of last season.

Earlier in the day, Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova ran Halep ragged before dumping the Romanian out of the tournament 6-2 3-6 6-2. Halep, who received treatment for blisters on her foot during the match, hit just six winners and piled up 36 unforced errors.

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Osaka said the first title defense of her career had brought different challenges, and she thought she handled them well. "Yeah, I did well for my first time".

The win was 19-year-old Vondrousova's first over a top-10 player in six attempts.

Kerber - the eighth seed - rallied from a set down to outlast qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva en route to the round of 16 on Monday.

"She sort of came out there really aggressive".

Spain's Muguruza 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. Muguruza next faces 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who surprised China's 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2.

"I felt comfortable with trying to control the point from there", said Williams, who fired 20 winners and converted seven of her nine break point chances.

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