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Indian Wells: Swiatek Reaches Semi-finals

World number one Iga Swiatek has continued her pursuit of back-to-back Indian Wells titles as she cruised past Romania’s Sorana Cirstea in straight sets to reach the semi-finals.

The 21-year-old beat Cirstea, ranked 83 in the world, 6-2 6-3.

The defending champion won eight consecutive games en route to a comprehensive victory in California.

In the men’s event, Carlos Alcaraz beat Felix Auger-Aliassime as he seeks to return to the world number one spot.

The Spanish top seed, who must win his first Indian Wells title to replace Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings, won 6-4 6-4.

“Today, the goal was to stay there,” Alcaraz said. “I knew that I was going to have my chances. Probably I played one of my best matches this season. I’m really happy and [I want to] keep going.”

Alcaraz will face Italy’s Jannik Sinner for a place in the final, after the Italian overcame American defending champion Taylor Fritz 6-4 4-6 6-4.

In the men’s doubles, Britain’s Neal Skupski and Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof beat Jamie Murray and Michael Venus 6-3 6-3 to reach the semi-finals.

They will meet Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Santiago Gonzalez in the last four after their 2-6 6-2 10-7 victory over Briton Lloyd Glasspool and partner Harri Heliovaara.

Indian Wells: Swiatek Reaches Semi-finals

BBC Sports

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