World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki ousted in Indian Wells

Ivan Schwartz
March 18, 2018

Kasatkina, who is ranked 19th in the world, has beaten all four reigning Grand Slam winners in the past year, including US Open victor Sloane Stephens in the third round in Indian Wells. Up next for her is Croatian Petra Martić. I mean, I feel like when I move, I'm not really cold, so that didn't bother me. But the thing is, NY is sort of my city because I grew up there, so he's going to have to pick a different city... That's why I couldn't stay calm.

"A little bit both". It is one of the reasons why she likes to watch the duo play as much as possible as it is always a learning experience for the 26-year-old. "Your body is sore all the time".

Osaka, who is ranked 44th in the world, has dropped only one set during her five victories in Indian Wells.

The 20-year-old Osaka has enjoyed a career-best week with straight-set wins over established champions Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Pliskova.

Martic controlled the second set, taking a 5-2 lead before Halep forced the tiebreaker.

Halep blasted two aces and broke Martic's serve four times.

Pliskova had to admit that she had not been on form at all, after her match. "I knew that I had to change something, but I didn't realize what it was exactly", she said. Aggressive forehands and impressive net play for Kasatkina allowed her to claim six consecutive points, returning level from nowhere.

"I just battling all the way, even in serving, returning". A little bit exhausted I felt maybe because of the waiting.

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"I was honestly quite surprised how quickly he came back", Federer said. I was very happy that I was able to win the tournament there, not just get to the semis, and get world No. 1. "I think everything is pretty solid".

Osaka has been growing in confidence throughout this tournament, and while she is delightfully disarming in press, she has a keen eye for observation for her game and what was required for this match-up. "I made a lot of mistakes, easy ones, and it was not my day at the end".

"She outsmarted me", Wozniacki said. "I just was more focused on what I have to do, not thinking that much about the wind and what is going on on court".

Her hopes to become the first left-handed player to win the BNP Paribas Open since Seles in 1992 and the first German to win here since Graf in 1996, dramatically vanished.

Halep said her early struggles in the final set were from nerves and frustration with the playing conditions.

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"I like his play".

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