Djokovic, Osaka crash at Indian Wells

Djokovic, Osaka crash at Indian Wells
Belinda Bencic celebrates his victory over Naomi Osaka.

Indian Wells - Osaka won the title at Indian Wells a year ago


Published: Wed 13 Mar 2019, 6:04 PM

Last updated: Wed 13 Mar 2019, 8:07 PM

It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world's top-ranked players, ushered out in the desert.
Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third-round match that was suspended because of rain a night earlier. The unseeded German knocked off the five-time tournament champion 6-4, 6-4.
Osaka lost to Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour.
Since Osaka won the title at Indian Wells a year ago, she earned titles at the US and Australian opens. Her triumph in Australia made her No. 1 for the first time, but her time at the top has been rocky. Osaka fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins.
On Tuesday, the 23rd-ranked Bencic served and returned better.
Djokovic owned an 8-1 record against Kohlschreiber, who beat a No. 1 player for the first time.
The 35-year-old German started thinking he had a chance early in the first set when Kohlschreiber survived a handful of break points on his serve.
"I would say after 3-all in the first set I felt like getting closer to the set, holding my service games, which is not easy against Novak, because he's such a great returner," Kohlschreiber said. "I know from that point on it's gonna be a very interesting match."
Djokovic was just 1-for-5 on break-point opportunities. Kohlschreiber converted three of his four chances.
Next up for Kohlschreiber is Gael Monfils, who owns a 13-2 record against the German.
Also ousted were No. 6 Kei Nishikori, No. 10 Marin Cilic and No. 14 Daniil Medvedev.
In women's fourth-round matches, No. 2 Simona Halep lost to Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and No. 7 Kiki Bertens was beaten by 20th-seeded Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel.
Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, beat 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2.

Nishikori beaten
Men (third round)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) bt N Djokovic (SRB x1) 6-4, 6-4
H Hurkacz (POL) bt K Nishikori (JPN x6) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
D Shapovalov (CAN x24) bt M Cilic (CRO x10) 6-4, 6-2
K Edmund (GBR x22) bt R Albot (MDA) 6-3, 6-3
J Isner (USA x8) bt G Pella (ARG x32) 6-3, 6-4
K Khachanov (RUS x12) bt A Rublev (RUS) 7-5, 6-3
F Krajinovic (SRB) bt D Medvedev (RUS x14) 6-3, 6-2
R Nadal (ESP x2) bt D Schwartzman (ARG x25) 6-3, 6-1
Women (fourth round)
B Bencic (SUI x23) bt N Osaka (JPN x1) 6-3, 6-1
V Williams (USA) bt M Barthel (GER) 6-4, 6-4
G Muguruza (ESP x20) bt K Bertens (NED x7) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
B Andreescu (CAN) bt W Qiang (CHN x18) 7-5, 6-2
E Svitolina (UKR x6) bt A Barty (AUS x12) 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 6-4
M Vondrousova (CZE) bt S Halep (ROM x2) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

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