Indian Wells: Defending champions Paula Badosa storms quarterfinals, defeats Fernandez`

California:

Tennis star Paula Badosa is on her way to once again lift the Indian Wells trophy as she is swiftly moving ahead in the campaign. Badosa advanced into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez here in California on Tuesday.

Badosa came up with a straight-set win over US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez of Canada. The 24-year-old Badosa extended her unbeaten streak in the California desert and will face either Veronika Kudermetova or Marketa Vondrousova for a semifinal spot. 

Day 9 of Indian Wells starred with many anticipated clashes, and most of the battles were won by top-seeded players. No. 3 seed Iga Swiatek navigate a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over former World No.1 and Grand Slam champion, Angelique Kerber of Germany.

After an early exchange, Kerber took charge in the first set with 3-2 and the German held on to seal the one-set lead. An unreturnable serve closed the match, and Swiatek had once again pulled off a three-set comeback.

Swiatek will now face No.25 seed Madison Keys of the United States in the quarter-final clash. While, Sorana Cirstea crashed out as fellow Romanian Simona Halep rallied for a 6-1, 6-4 victory. The 24th-seeded Halep closed the match with a win in 86 minutes.

In the quarters, Halep will take on Petra Martic of Croatia. Martic upset 28th seed Liudmila Samsonova 7-6(6), 6-4 in an hour and 54 minutes. (ANI)

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