Ranked Naomi Osaka shocked by Belinda Bencic in Indian Wells 4th round

Tennis: Osaka finds positives despite Indian Wells upset

Tennis: Osaka finds positives despite Indian Wells upset

World number one Naomi Osaka crashed out of Indian Wells on Tuesday, routed by Belinda Bencic on a day that saw second-ranked Simona Halep sent packing, too.

The past year has been a whirlwind for the Japanese, who defeated her idol Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final in a match best remembered for the American's heated argument with the chair umpire as Osaka looked on.

Osaka, who parted ways with coach Sascha Bajin after winning the Australian Open and becoming the world No. 1 in January, is also confident that her decision to bring American coach Jermaine Jenkins into her team is working out.

"Honestly, I think at a time like this with that scoreline, I would usually feel very depressed and sad", Osaka said. But I feel pretty good right now, because I tried my best and I don't really have any regrets.

"I was pretty determined this year", Williams said.

Czech fifth seed Karolina Pliskova stands in the way of Bencic and the semi-finals following her 7-6 (7-0) 4-6 6-2 win over Anett Kontaveit.

The victory over Osaka came in "very high" in her list of big wins. "I played I think a great match". I felt like I can win that match. I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone.

"When I hit a good return, I was wondering why this didn't happen in singles", he said. "I was just fighting for every point".

But there were no tears on Tuesday as Osaka said she was adjusting to being the world number one and always having a target on her back. Halep got injured during the match and received treatment for blisters on her foot.

"I was running too much and too defensive", she said. I knew that she's young, and she has nothing to lose today.

Her defeat means Osaka will retain her number one ranking, even though she couldn't pull off her first title defense.

She will play Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, who beat Australian Ashleigh Barty 7-6 (10-8) 5-7 6-4, in the next round.

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) in her fourth round match as she defeated Kiki Bertens (not pictured).

Angelique Kerber, meanwhile, survived to earn a quarter-final showdown with Venus Williams.

Bencic, the world number 23, has made a habit of upending top 10 players of late, defeating four en route to winning the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last month.

And Osaka, whose first career title came at this Premier Mandatory event a year ago, advanced to a meeting with Bencic, the 23rd seed who defeated Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 6-2.

Hurkacz, unseeded, reached the fourth round of a Masters 1000 event for the first time in his career.

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