Top seed Halep through in Indian Wells

WTA Indian Wells Simona Halep outduels Qiang Wang for the straight sets victory

Although the Chinese eventually stopped the rot with a break of her own, Halep soon took charge again and cruised to an ultimately routine victory.

The 20-year-old Kasatkina improved to 11-6 on the WTA Tour season as she seeks to better her quarter-final appearance here in 2016.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion and the most successful player of the Open era, was knocked out by her sister Venus in round three in California.

Earlier, Halep breezed through her fourth round match on with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over China's Wang Qiang.

Halep advances to the quarter-finals where she will face unseeded Petra Martic of Croatia who beat Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).

Halep needs to reach the final at the Tennis Garden to retain her place at the top of the WTA rankings from Dane Caroline Wozniacki.

"I think she should have been actually number one seed in this tournament because she left as number one in the world".

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Juan Martin del Potro beat Spaniard David Ferrer 6-4 7-6 (6-3) and will play fellow Argentine Leonardo Mayer, who defeated Japan's Taro Daniel 6-4 6-1.

Venus next faces Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain who rolled past Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-4.

"I'm playing my best matches against the best players", she said. Halep reclaimed the ranking just before Indian Wells.

Halep, bidding to become the 12th top seed to lift up the trophy and repeat her 2015 title-run, will spend her 18th and 19th weeks as World No.1 during Indian Wells, moving her past Jennifer Capriati (17 weeks) and Jelena Jankovic (18 weeks).

Halep called for a timeout in the first set so her coach Darren Cahill could come down to the court to discuss strategy.

"She has everything in her game".

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova also made it through to the quarter-finals, beating 16-year-old Amanda Anisimova 6-1 7-6 (6-2). She is on the verge of her second career singles title at Indian Wells. I just want to have the plan what I have to do.

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