Indian Wells: Williams And Halep Suffer Shock Semi-Final Losses

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The victor will face either world No. 1 Simona Halep or 20-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan, who are set to play their semi-final on Friday.

Halep had won 18 of her 19 matches this season but the 26-year-old's form collapsed with this semi-final tied at 3-3 in the first set.

"I really just make too many errors". "I missed the ball a lot and I didn't play what I had to play". "I don't find excuses".

Indian Wells, United States:Russian Daria Kasatkina beat her third top-10 player in a row Friday to reach the WTA Indian Wells final, defeating world number eight Venus Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Venus Williams reached the Indian Wells Masters semi-finals for the first time in 17 years with a straight-sets win over Carla Suárez Navarro Thursday. She defeated No. 31 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 5 Karolina Pliskova on her way to the final, dropping just one set in six matches. The Romanian was clearly not at her best but the second set performance was just embarrassing for the world number 1, giving up literally before the set has even started and that certainly wasn't the best example she could give to her young opponent.

"I was kind of nervous because it kept going back and forth", she said. "Too many emotions and you can not explain everything". The 20-year-old Russian then took the final two games while losing just two points, securing victory after two hours and 48 minutes of play.

The turning point in the third set came for Halep after she won a challenge in the eighth game with Martic holding serve.

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"In one moment you just catch yourself, like, you're in night session, all crowd, you're playing against a legend, and you are in the third set", Kasatkina said.

Williams had nearly double the number of unforced errors, 63-45, and broke Kasatkina six times but she also made five double faults - some at crucial moments in the match.

Dasha, as she's known, has the biggest win of her young career with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 triumph in a almost three-hour baseline struggle in Friday's semi-finals.

"Anyone who gets used to losses should give up on life", Williams said.

After her four straight errors, Williams double-faulted twice to break her own serve and allow her opponent serve for the match with a 6-5 lead. She did it for the second time at Indian Wells, winning their third round match 6-4, 6-3.

It was her fourth consecutive victory over Top 20 players who are also Slam champions - Sloane Stephens, Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and now Williams.

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