The Indian Wells tournament is now halfway over, and this year’s edition has proven to be highlyunpredictable. Many top seeded players in the women’s singles draws got eliminated in the first rounds of the Premier Mandatory tournament. Among the victims in the Californian desert competition are Angelique Kerber (WTA No. 2), Garbine Muguruza Blanco (WTA No. 3), Roberta Vinci (WTA No. 9), as well as other players currently ranking with theWTA top 20.

Simona Halepin an upward swing

The Romanian Tennis player currently holding the Indian Wells title seems to have accelerated tothe pace that over the last few years made her rise to the top of WTA rankings. Although heropponents to date haven't been particularlyvery strong, from a moral point of view, it is beneficial for athletes to experience couple of victories in a row, and Halep needed reassurance; before Indian Wells, Simona Halep’s overall outcomein the 2016 WTA circuit was negative: threevictories and fourdefeats.

Serena continues to destroy her opponents

On the other hand, the indisputable leader of the WTA ranking Serena Williamscontinues to make her opponents feel spinal chills. It is already well known that Williams simply smashes her opponents, as she usually does during the first matches of an important tournament.

These are the reasons why the encounter between Simona Halep and Serena Williams in the Indian Wells quarterfinals promises once more to be an epic one.

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Serena somewhat frightens Halep

The two tennis players have, throughout recent years, delighted audienceswith spectacular game play. However, Simona Halep owns just a single victory in seven attempts againstSerena. In fact, there are two tennis players before whom Halep suffers from a genuine complex: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova (whom she has yet to defeat). But considering Sharapova is currently suspended and we cannot know for sure when she will returnto compete in the professional circuit, Serena is Halep’s major concern.

Moreover, Simona Halep has one more incentive to win: if she falls to Serena and iseliminated, she will loseseveral hundred points in the WTA ranking, which would certainly cost her one or two places in the rankings.

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