Barbora Krejcikova loss means top four seeds all out of Indian Wells
None of the four highest ranked players in the women’s draw reached the Indian Wells quarter-finals as the French Open champion crashed out.
The fourth round of Indian Wells sprung a number of surprises in the women’s draw. After top seed Karolina Pliskova was upset by world number 115 qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia in the previous round, the next three seeds followed suit.
Second seed and 2020 Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek went out to 24th seed Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets. Olympic bronze medallist and fourth seed Elina Svitolina suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of 19th seed Jessica Pegula, 6-1, 6-1.
Finally, Barbora Krejcikova lost to 21st seed Paula Badosa, also in straight sets. The results mean that with the quarter-finals set, Angelique Kerber is the highest ranked player left in the Indian Wells women’s draw, seeded 10th.
The matches lined up in the last eight are as follows. Anett Kontaveit (18th seed) takes on Ons Jabeur (12th). Paula Badosa (21st) faces Angelique Kerber (10th). In the bottom half, Victoria Azarenka (27th) plays Jessica Pegula (19th) and Shelby Rogers (unseeded) faces Jelena Ostapenko (24th).
Despite the fact that Azarenka, Kerber and Ostapenko are all Slam champions, only Azarenka has ever won a WTA 1000 title. In fact, she has 10, including two at Indian Wells in 2012 and 2016.
Kerber was the runner-up at Indian Wells in 2019, losing to Bianca Andreescu in three sets.
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