Naomi Osaka finds positives despite Indian Wells loss

Kerber survives Sabalenka surge to reach Indian Wells quarterfinals

World number one Naomi Osaka's defence of her Indian Wells title was ended in round four by Belinda Bencic.

Recalling her loss to Bencic at last year's Hopman Cup, the Japanese, who is seeking her first title defence, said: "That's really awesome, the fact that she was able to come back from her injury and still play at a really top level".

Bencic was the youngest woman to break into the top 10 since 2009 when she made the list in February 2016 as an 18-year-old, but a litany of injuries has stalled her progress.

Spain's Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam champion now ranked 20th in the world, out-lasted seventh-ranked Kiki Bertens 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 while Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam victor, beat Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-4.

The a year ago 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. I'm just super happy to be on the big court.

"I didn't play that well", Osaka said. She next faces Estonian Anett Kontaveit, who was leading 5-0 against 11th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova when the Latvian retired from their match.

Her departure came less than 24 hours after Serena Williams was unable to continue her match on Sunday, also citing a viral illness.

Kerber - the eighth seed - rallied from a set down to outlast qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva en route to the round of 16 on Monday.

Microsoft Brings its Xbox Live Network to iOS and Android
Developers will not be forced to integrate every single aspect of Xbox Live in their games. Starting today, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to additional platforms.

Brextension: UK lawmakers vote to seek delay of European Union departure
He believes a short delay would be useless and is allegedly urging European Union leaders to give Britain more time. Labour Party MPs abstained from the vote, arguing that now was not the right time to push for a public vote.

International Business: Gold prices dip on dollar recovery, Brexit relief
Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,304.26 per ounce after touching its highest since 1 March at $1,305.69 earlier in the session. As for other precious metals, silver for May delivery was up 13.9 cents, or 0.91 percent, to close at 15.413 dollars per ounce.

"I feel like there is no anonymity", she said.

"I was trying to adjust, especially with my movement at the end of the first set and beginning of the second, and I think that was the key to coming back". "I was just fighting for every point".

The result continues Osaka's tough start to life at the top of the WTA rankings, having been beaten in straight sets by Kristina Mladenovic in the second round in Dubai.

Osaka was completely outplayed as 23rd seed Bencic claimed a stunning 6-3 6-1 victory in the California desert on Tuesday.

Naomi Osaka followed Simona Halep through the exit door at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday as the top two players in the world were sent packing in the fourth round at Indian Wells.

"I have been sick for a week. That hasn't changed unfortunately", said the world No. 3. "I think I just got unlucky, got a virus somewhere and that's how it is".

"He came up with the goods and definitely pushed me to the brink there where I was getting a little bit frustrated", Raonic told reporters after converting three of his 12 break points. I don't think it's going to be hard.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Fact-checking Trump's tweets on Lisa Page testimony
He said he didn't recall specifically writing it, but says he now thinks the "we" he was talking about was the country at large. Strzok was dismissed from Robert Mueller's team once the text messages were uncovered by internal investigations.

Bangladesh cricket team escape Christchurch mosque after gunman opens fire
Witnesses say as many as 300 people were inside the Christchurch mosque when a man wearing a military-style jacket opened fire. Another eyewitness said people are being evacuated from near a second mosque in Christchurch and police are swarming the area.

Tesla Model Y teased ahead of reveal in new photo
If it wasn't for that legal threat, Tesla's lineup would have included the Model S, Model E, Model X and Model Y - i.e., SEXY . Musk also said the Model Y will be powered by the same battery as the Model 3.

How To Enable Dark Mode Nearly Everywhere It's Available Right Now
As you probably know, dark mode has become one of the most requested features for almost every app on both iOS and Android. Slack's Dark mode on iOS and Android is not exactly true dark since it uses a dark grey background instead of a black one.

Google launches its Lookout app to help the visually impaired
The company also suggests that the users either hang their Pixel phone around their neck or place it in a shirt pocket . Also, the app won't give user the unnecessary information, but only tell them things that it thinks are important.

Oil prices stable, supported by signs of emerging supply deficit
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih suggested last month that he favored maintaining output curbs when asked to comment on U.S. International Brent crude oil futures were at $67.37 USA a barrel, up 70 cents, or 1.1%, from their last close.

Conor McGregor phone-smashing saga takes new twist
McGregor was recently released from jail after being arrested and charged with robbery and criminal damage in Miami. Alleged victim Ahmed Abdirzak, 22, filed the lawsuit in Miami-Dade County.

Measles outbreak: Wellington schools, early childhood centres warned of risk
Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease. The government has been conducting vaccination programs around the country to fight measles as cases continue to rise .

George & Amal Clooney Join So Many Stars at Prince Charles' Dinner!
Amal stuns in a fit and flare gown by Jean-Louis Scherrer by Stephane Rolland , which features a dramatic asymmetrical cape. She was seen shaking hands with Prince Charles , who was hosting the reception for his youth charity, The Prince's Trust .

Samsung is already planning to drop the punch-hole camera
Yang said the Infinity-O display is a milestone for the company as it takes a lot of effort to place camera inside OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display.

‘It represents me!’ - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains goal celebration
He immediately went behind the goal where he picked up a bag containing a mask of the popular Marvel character Black Panther. First half: Arsenal lead 2-0, thanks to goals from Aubameyang and Maitland-Niles.

Why Manchester United’s Champions League quarter-final dates could be reversed
The Portuguese team reached the quarter-finals after scoring a penalty in the extra time of the second leg against Roma . What's more, the report states that Barcelona players want to avoid Manchester City and Juventus .

Two more top Facebook executives leave the company
And growing viewership and advertising on videos are of growing importance to both the Facebook and WhatsApp apps. Zuckerberg still has a number of long-time product and engineering lieutenants.

Marvel's Shang-Chi Movie Has Found Its Director And Writer
He's now at work on the drama Just Mercy , which co-stars Larson and fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe alum Michael B. I wouldn't be surprised if Larson put a good word in for Cretton with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige .

CDC: 64 flu-related child deaths so far this season
Through the week ending March 2, as many as 26.3 million people have had the flu this season, which began on October 1. Last week, about 60 percent of the flu virus samples tested were the more troublesome strain, known as Type A H3N2.

Other news