Halep beats Wang to reach Indian Wells quarter-finals

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Top-seeded Simona Halep cruised past Wang Qiang of China in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament here.

She will next play un-seeded Petra Martic of Croatia, who overcame Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-6 to progress.

World No. 1 Simona Halep and Venus Williams punched their tickets to the Indian Wells quarter-finals, while Caroline Wozniacki suffered another exit at the hands of Russia's rising star Daria Kasatkina.

Halep is the only former Indian Wells victor left in the women's draw after No. 20 Daria Kasatkina upset No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 7-5.

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

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Halep said she thought Williams "should have been ranked as she left".

The world number one emerged on top of a tight first set and rolled through the second over the course of a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of Wang on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Halep would lose only another game as Wang became increasingly impatient off the backhand side and gifted her opponent the chance to seal her 298th main draw win with her 29th unforced error.

It was a disappointing exit for Wozniacki, who finally silenced her critics earlier this year with her maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne, where she defeated Halep in the final. "I am confident. I am feeling the game", she said.

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).

Wang was the last Chinese player standing in the California desert, having achieved a career best result in Indian Wells by reaching the round of 16.

"I missed too many shots in the first set".

"Not taking the ranking because she didn't play tournaments, but just protected ranking for - I don't know how many tournaments you have, like, eight". It was the first time Venus has beaten Serena since 2014 in Montreal.

Kasatkina hit one ace, won 54 per cent of her first serves and broke Wozniacki's serve six times in the one hour, 40 minute match.

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

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