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Venus is rolling back the years in California, but Wozniacki exits


By Mark Staniforth

Venus Williams continued her fine form to reach the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with a straight-sets victory over World No.20 Anastasija Sevastova.

Williams has not dropped a single set in California and backed up her victory over sister Serena in the third round to secure a 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 win.

The 37-year-old edged a tight first set on a tie-break against the Latvian before racing 3-0 up in the second. However, Sevastova reeled off the next three games to level, but a break in the eighth game proved enough for the 10-time Grand Slam champion.

Daria Kasatkina booked her place in the last eight after the Russian stunned World No.2 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 7-5.

The 20-year-old fell 3-0 down in the first set but hit back to win seven of the next eight games.

Three breaks helped Wozniacki move 5-3 ahead in the second, but Kasatkina responded in style.

She will face Angelique Kerber, who crushed seventh seed Caroline Garcia in a 6-1 6-1 triumph.

World No.1 Simona Halep won 7-5 6-1 over China's Wang Qiang, while Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova overcame American Amanda Anisimova 6-1 7-6 (7-2).

Carla Navarro Suarez breezed past American Danielle Collins 6-2 6-4, Naomi Osaka defeated Maria Sakkari 6-1 5-7 6-1, and Petra Martic won 6-3 7-6 (7-4) against Marketa Vondrousova.

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