Simona Halep, the world number one overcame Croatia’s Petra Martic in three sets to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
In 2 hour and 23 minutes, the Romanian defeated the world number 50 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3. Halep said: “I don’t remember such difficult wind and to feel that tough to play a game.”
On the other side Naomi Osaka defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-2 6-3 and will face Simona Halep. On her 1st serve, Osaka won 92% of points and won the final four games to beat former world number one Pliskova in one hour and 20 minutes.
In 2018, the victory was Osaka’s first over a top-five player. In California, the 20-year-old has already beaten Maria Sharapova and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.
In three attempts, Osaka has not beaten Halep, with Halep claiming a 6-3 6-2 in their last meeting at the Australian Open in January.
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