Halep wins, US teen Anisi­mova’s run ends at In­dian Wells

Ripon Bulletin - - Sports -

IN­DIAN WELLS (AP) — Si­mona Halep is on track to re­tain her No. 1 world rank­ing af­ter de­feat­ing Wang Qiang of China 7-5, 6-1 in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Halep im­proved to 17-1 this year and needs only to reach the fi­nal to stay at the top. If not, Car­o­line Woz­ni­acki, who beat Halep in the Aus­tralian Open fi­nal, could re­place her if the Dane wins the ti­tle. Halep and Woz­ni­acki are the only for­mer In­dian Wells win­ners left in the women’s draw.

Next up for Halep is Pe­tra Mar­tic of Croa­tia, who beat Mar­keta Von­drousova of the Czech Re­pub­lic 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Tues­day.

Amer­i­can teenager Amanda Anisi­mova’s run of suc­cess ended in a 6-1, 7-6 (2) loss to No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Re­pub­lic.

Anisi­mova, a 16-yearold wild card, won her first three WTA Tour matches at In­dian Wells, beat­ing Pauline Par­men­tier, No. 23 seed Anas­ta­sia Pav­lyuchenkova and two-time Wim­ble­don win­ner Pe­tra Kvi­tova with­out drop­ping a set.

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