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Indian Wells: Harriet Dart’s run to the last 16 ended by Madison Keys as Simona Halep and Iga Swiatek both win

Harriet Dart knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells by powerful American Madison Keys; despite defeat the Briton will climb into the top 100 after a wonderful run through qualifying in the Californian desert

Last Updated: 15/03/22 11:43pm

Harriet Dart’s Indian Wells run was ended by Madison Keys

Harriet Dart’s Indian Wells adventure came to and end at the hands of big-hitting American Madison Keys on Tuesday.

Dart had already produced stunning wins over world No 18 Elina Svitolina and Kaia Kanepi, but she could not handle the power of the Australian Open semi-finalist and fell to a 6-1 6-4 defeat in the California desert.

The 25-year-old Londoner, who came through qualifying to reach the main draw at one of the biggest events outside the Grand Slams, is guaranteed to break into the top 100 for the first time despite her defeat in the last 16 of the event.

Halep wins Romanian derby

Simona Halep reached the quarter-finals in Indian Wells for a fifth time

Simona Halep reached the quarter-finals in Indian Wells for a fifth time

Simona Halep dispatched fellow Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-1 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals for a fifth time.

Former world No 1 Halep, who won the WTA 1000 event seven years ago, cruised through the first set with help from her error-prone opponent.

Cirstea took a 2-0 lead to start the second but the two-time major champion battled back, sealing the win when the world number 27 fired a backhand wide on match point.

A beaming Halep blew a kiss to the television cameras, pumped her fist and waved excitedly to the crowd at Stadium One after winning the Romanian derby.

“It’s been a good match,” Halep said. “I think I played super good in the first set. The second set I started to miss a little bit. But in the big picture it was a great match and I’m super pleased with the victory.

“I think everybody has a little bit of stress when it’s playing against a person that is from the same country. But I can say I’m used to it. I’ve played so many times with all the Romanians. But with her I didn’t play in the last 12 years, so it was something new.

“I feel happy that slowly I find my rhythm. I find the joy being on court, competing, and also fighting for every point I play.”

Next up for Halep is Petra Martic after the Croatian beat Ludmilla Samsonova 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Iga Swiatek stormed back to record a 4-6 6-2 6-3 victory over former world No 1 and fellow Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber in their first meeting.

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