Indian Wells - World No 1 Simona Halep punched her ticket to
the Indian Wells semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 win over Croatia's
Petra Martic on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Halep improved to 18-1 on the season and is
looking to win her second WTA Tour title of 2018.
Halep needed two hours and 23 minutes to put Martic away
under taxing conditions as strong winds swirled around the main stadium court.
"It was difficult conditions to play in today because
of the wind," she said. "She had a tough game. I don't know how I
won, but I won.
"I just fought and that's maybe why I won because I
refuse to lose."
Halep is guaranteed to hold onto her No 1 ranking at the end
of this event after world number two Caroline Wozniacki was eliminated on
Halep moves on to the semi-finals where she will face either
Japan's Naomi Osaka or fifth seeded Karolina Pliskova.
Halep blasted two aces and broke Martic's serve four times.
The turning point in the third set came for Halep after she
won a challenge in the eighth game with Martic holding serve. On the very next
point Martic hit a forehand wide as Halep took the game and a 5-3 set lead.
Halep then served for the match, winning five of the final
six points after the challenge.
Results on Wednesday from the eighth day of the ATP and WTA Indian Wells tournament:
Roger Federer (SUI x1) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 7-5, 6-4
Chung Hyeon (KOR x23) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU x30) 6-1, 6-3
Borna Coric (CRO) bt Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-2, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4
Kevin Anderson (RSA x7) bt Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP x11) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6)
Sam Querrey (USAx18) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP/N.28) 6-3, 6-4
Juan Martn Del Potro (ARG x6) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x31) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/1)
Simona Halep (ROM x1) bt Petra Martic (CRO) 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3