Tennis: Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep suffer shock defeats at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS (AFP) – World No. 1 Novak Djokvoic fell in straight sets to 39th-ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on Tuesday (March 12) in the third round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.

Djokovic was playing his first tournament since lifting a record seventh Australian Open title in January and had won eight of nine prior meetings with Kohlschreiber, but he could find no answer for the German in a 6-4, 6-4 loss.

Kohlschreiber posted his first victory over a top-ranked player, advancing to a fourth-round match against France’s Gael Monfils.

Also, Czech teen Marketa Vondrousova shocked world No. 2 Simona Halep 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 the same day, notching her first victory over a top-five player to reach the WTA quarter-finals at Indian Wells.

Vondrousova, 19 and ranked 61st in the world, reached the last eight of a prestigious premier mandatory level tournament for the first time.

Her win over Halep, a former world No. 1 and winner at Indian Wells in 2015, comes after she dispatched 2018 finalist Daria Kasatkina in the second round and former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the third.

She next faces either sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine or 12th-seeded Australian Ashleigh Barty.

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