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Patna : World No 15 & 10th seed Angelique Kerber, 33, Germany, a winner of three Grand Slam titles, and World No 32 Victoria Azarenka, 32, Belarus, a two-time former Australian Open Champion, stormed into the women’s singles quarter-finals of Indian Wells Masters at Indian Wells, California, USA, on October 13, 2021.
Kerber beat World No 47 Ajla Tomltomjanovic, 28, Australia, in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 in Round of 16. The German won 5 break points during the match to 1 by the Australian. Kerber won 6 games in a row in the match to 3 by Tomljanovic, who committed 5 double faults. Kerber will face 21st seed Paula Badosa, 23, Spain, in QFs on October 14, 2021.
World No 27 Badosa upset 3rd seed & reigning French Open Champion Barbora Krejcikova, 25, Czech Republic, in straight sets 6-1, 7-5 in Round of 16. Badosa won 6 break points during the match to 3 by Krejcikova. The Spaniaard also won 6 games in a row to 3 by the Czech. Badosa fired 4 Aces.
Azarenka defeated compatriot & World No 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovic, 27, in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 in Round of 16. Azarenka won 6 break points during the match to 3 by Sasnovic. She also won 3 games in a row in the match to 2 by Sasnovic. Azarenka will face 19th seed Jessica Pegula, 27, USA, in QFs on October 14, 2021.
World No 24 Jessica Pegula upset 4th seed & World No 7 Elina Svitolina, 27, Ukraine, in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 in Round of 16 on October 12, 2021, night, winning 5 break points and 5 games in a row during the match. Both the players served 3 Aces each during the match.
World No 44 Shelby Rogers, 29, USA, upset 23rd seed Leylah Fernandez, 19, Canada, in a three-set thriller 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 rallying back from one set down. Rogers won 5 break points during the match to 4 by 2021 US Open finalist Fernandez. Rogers also won 5 games in a row during the match to 3 by World No 28 Fernandez,
Rogers will face 24th seed & 2017 French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko, 24, Latvia, in QFs on October 14, 2021. Ostapenko stunned 2nd seed Iga Swiatek, Poland, in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in Round of 16 on October 12, 2021. World No 29 Ostapenko won 4 break points during the match to 2 by Swiatek, the 2020 French Open Champion. She also won 5 games in a row during the match to 2 by the Pole.