Venus in Paribas quarters
VENUS Williams kept her fine form going to reach the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas
Open in Indian Wells.
She had a straightsets victory over world No 20 Anastasija Sevastova.
Williams has not dropped a set en route to the last eight in California and backed up her victory over sister Serena in the third round to secure a 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 win over Sevastova.
The 37-year-old edged a tight first set on a tie-break against the Latvian before racing
3-0 up in the second to ease into the next round.
However, Sevastova reeled off the next three games to level the scores but a break in the eighth game proved enough for the 10-time grand slam champion.
Daria Kasatkina booked her place in the last eight after the Russian stunned world No 2 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 7-5.
The 20-year-old fell
3-0 down in the first set but hit back to win seven of the next eight games to gain an early second set advantage.
Three breaks helped Wozniacki move 5-3 ahead. She came within two points of levelling the match but Kasatkina responded once more to win four successive games to seal a straightsets victory.
She will face Angelique Kerber, who crushed seventh seed Caroline Garcia 6-1 6-1.
The two-time grand slam winner needed just 33 minutes to seal the opening set after breaking the Frenchwoman’s four times.
Kerber stormed into a 5-0 second set-lead and, despite Garcia getting on the scoreboard, the German served out for love to seal a superb victory.