Venus Williams charges into Indian Wells quarters

One day after defeating her sister, Venus Williams powered her way into the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday in Indian Wells, Calif.

Williams, the eighth seed, edged Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova, the 21st seed, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in a fourth-round match.

On Monday night, Venus Williams beat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4, ending Serena Williams' first tournament back from a 14-month maternity leave.

The next afternoon, Venus Williams lost her first two service games to Sevastova. The American rallied to send the opening set to a tiebreaker, where she converted her third set point.

Sevastova went up 3-0 in the second set but won just one more game as Williams pulled away.

"There were some points where she just played and it was too good," Williams said. "I thought I was in control of the point and winning the point, and she turned it around. It's just real talent."

Williams, 37, will oppose Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, the 27th seed, in the quarterfinals. Suarez Navarro had little trouble eliminating American wild-card entrant Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-4.

Sixteen-year-old American Amanda Anisimova saw her surprising run end with a 6-1, 7-6 (2) loss to fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Anisimova had never won a WTA Tour match before winning three in a row in Indian Wells, including victories over a pair of seeded players.

"Obviously she's 16, so she's not scared," Pliskova said. "You can see she's hitting the ball without thinking, but everybody is playing like this when they are 16. I think this will change a little bit in the future, but for sure (her) game is good and not really any weakness. I think everything pretty solid (in her game). She can for sure play well ...

"I was ready. I didn't want to think that it's gonna be easy because she's 16. She had that confidence after those matches what she was playing here. She was playing the tournament here, and she won juniors."

Pliskova advances to meet Naomi Osaka, a 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 winner over Greece's Maria Sakkari.

In the day's biggest upset, Russia's Darya Kasatkina topped second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-4, 7-5. Wozniacki won the first Grand Slam title of her career earlier this year at the Australian Open.

Kasatkina will play either seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia of France or 10th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the quarterfinals.

Top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania posted a 7-5, 6-1 win over China's Qiang Wang. Halep's quarterfinal foe will be Croatia's Petra Martic, who beat the Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-6 (4).

--Field Level Media

03/14/2018 0:52

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