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Kerber is blown away by Kasatkina


On fire: Daria Kasatkina en route to her crushing victory
On fire: Daria Kasatkina en route to her crushing victory

By Robert Jones

Daria Kasatkina routed former World No.1 Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open.

The 20-year-old Russian needed just 58 minutes yesterday to brush aside the German.

Kasatkina hasn't dropped a set in four matches at Indian Wells, knocking out US Open champion Sloane Stephens and World No.2 Caroline Wozniacki.

Kasatkina will now play either No.8 seed Venus Williams or No.27 Carla Suarez Navarro.

World No.1 Roger Federer, meanwhile, advanced to the quarter-finals with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Jeremy Chardy.

The 36-year-old surrendered just three points on serve in the opening set and took control of the second with a cross-court backhand winner that broke Chardy when tied at 4-4.

"I like his play. He hits it big, has a big serve, big forehand," said Federer, a five-time champion. "The wind picked up, so you never know what's going to happen. But I think we played good tennis for most of the match."

Federer needed one hour and 22 minutes to move to 15-0 for the year. He will next face Chung Hyeon, who defeated Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-1 6-3. It will be a rematch of their Australian Open semi-final when Chung had to retire due to blistered feet.

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