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Defending champ Osaka blitzed by Bencic

16 March 2019, 06:11 | Henrietta Morgan

Defending champ Osaka blitzed by Bencic

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World number one Naomi Osaka crashed out of Indian Wells on Tuesday, routed by Belinda Bencic on a day that saw second-ranked Simona Halep sent packing, too. She began this year winning the Australian Open and moving to the top of the rankings.

Tuesday in the 8th finals, against Swiss Belinda Bencic (22, 23rd in the world) Naomi was unable to worry Belinda, who won in 2 sets [6-3, 6-1] eliminating Naomi from Indian Wells Tournament "It's a little tough compared the look of the game, but I'm really happy", said Belinda Bencic after the match, adding, "Naomi, she's number one and she's nearly everything gained in recent months".

Recalling her loss to Bencic at last year's Hopman Cup, the Japanese, who is seeking her first title defence, said: "That's really unbelievable, the fact that she was able to come back from her injury and still play at a really top level".

"Honestly, I think at a time like this with that scoreline, I would usually feel very depressed and sad", Osaka said.

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Next up for Vondrousova - who ensured two teenagers reached the Indian Wells quarters for the first time since 2009 following Bianca Andreescu's upset of Wang Qiang, which set up a match against Garbine Muguruza - is Elina Svitolina.

Bencic, who just celebrated her 22nd birthday on Sunday, will now meet former semifinalist Karolina Pliskova who needed three sets to get past Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-2.

"I never played her, so it's also you're out there learning", Williams said.

"She sort of came out there really aggressive", Osaka said.

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"I don't enjoy losing, nobody does, but especially in a tournament like this, a tournament where I have had plenty of success in the past", Djokovic, 31, said. "So just things worked out for me".

Hurkacz, unseeded, reached the fourth round of a Masters 1000 event for the first time in his career.

Osaka, 21, said she lacked maturity when as a relative unknown player she won the tournament past year to kick off her meteoric rise through the rankings.

Seven-time grand slam victor Venus Williams also found it tricky facing fellow American Christina McHale for the first time, but she pulled back early breaks in each set to win 6-2, 7-5.

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She will be doing the same in the round of 16 against Aryna Sabalenka, the ninth seed from Belarus who defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-5. She rallied past Andrea Petkovic in the opening round and followed up by outlasting No. 3 seed Petra Kvitova in a third-set tiebreaker.



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