Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori both lose in upsets at Indian Wells

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"It's always a bit tricky whenever you change someone in the team, but I feel like for a first tournament we did really well", she said of Jenkins, who served as a hitting partner to Venus Williams from 2015 until the end of last season.

"I think it's always a bit tricky whenever you change someone in the team, but I feel like for a first tournament we did really well", she said of her partnership with Jenkins, a former USA collegiate star who served as a hitting partner to Venus Williams from 2015 until the end of last season. But I feel pretty good right now, because I tried my best and I don't really have any regrets.

"Honestly, she was just playing so well, and she's such an incredible player".

The 21-year-old Japanese had a shaky start when she was broken early in the first set but quickly found her groove and broke the American four times and struck 29 winners to advance.

She will have another shot at a top-10 player when she takes on hard-hitting world number five Karolina Pliskova, who smashed 13 aces to dispatch Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (0) 4-6 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals. "I mean, she's the number one player in the world".

"I played, I think, a great match. It's not going to get any easier from here, so I just have to continue to raise my game". "I think that we are all sort of on the same page, and we are all looking forward to Miami", she said.

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Osaka was not the only top player who was shocked in California court as world No. 2 and 2015 title victor Simona Halep also fell to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova by 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. I knew that she's young, and she has nothing to lose today.

Halep's loss ensured Osaka will retain her number one ranking after the tournament. Vondrousova, who beat 2018 runner-up Daria Kasatkina and former French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko on the way to the fourth round, will go for another big win when she faces sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who battled to a 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Australian Ashleigh Barty.

She's back on the rise, ranked 23rd in the world after capturing the title in Dubai last month.

In other third-round action, three-time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber came from a set down to beat Russian qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Next up for Vondrousova - who ensured two teenagers reached the Indian Wells quarters for the first time since 2009 following Bianca Andreescu's upset of Wang Qiang, which set up a match against Garbine Muguruza - is Elina Svitolina.

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