Venus in Paribas quar­ters

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

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.

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