Word number 2, Angelique Kerber has been eliminated after she suffered a shock fourth-round exit from the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday at the hands of Elena Vesnina.
The German was defeated by Russia’s 14th-seeded Vesnina 6-3, 6-3 to book a quarter-final clash with seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams.
Williams battled back from a break down in the final set to beat Chinese qualifier Peng Shuai 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Vesnina enjoyed the best win of her career as it was her first victory over a top-three player. She broke Kerber five times, and although the German tried to battle back from 4-1 to 4-3 in the second set, Vesnina stayed strong until the end.
Vesnina said after the game: “I was a little nervous at the end of the match, so I’m really happy that I closed that match because this win means a lot to me.”
Kerber had struggled past 62nd-ranked Pauline Parmentier in the previous round but there was no such comeback against Vesnina
“It was not my day,” she said. “I was doing a lot of mistakes. I was not moving, actually, good. But it’s happened. I mean, she played from the beginning until the end good tennis, and she was aggressive. So she took the game in her hands.”