Top-Ranked Man, Woman Lose at BNP Paribas Open

Top-Ranked Man, Woman Lose at BNP Paribas Open

News Staff

Unseeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber will face 18th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils Wednesday evening in a fourth-round match in the BNP Paribas Open, one day after upsetting Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked men’s singles player.

Kohlschreiber defeated Djokovic, 6-4, 6-4, in a third-round match completed Tuesday. The Serbian had a 1-0 lead when the match was halted by rain Monday night.

“It’s an incredible win for me,” Kohlschreiber said after his second victory over Djokovic in 10 career matches. “I mixed up the pace a lot. Tactic-wise, I played a clever match, I was aggressive with the forehand. Novak struggled a little bit, too. You always need the No. 1 not to play his best to beat him.”

The loss ended Djokovic’s seven-match winning streak over Kohlschreiber.

Monfils has a 13-2 career record against Kohlschreiber.

The world’s top-ranked women’s singles player Naomi Osaka was also upset Tuesday, losing to 23rd-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, 6-3, 6-1.

“I played a pretty great match,” Bencic said after her fifth consecutive victory over a Top-10 opponent. “That’s what you have to do against a great champion like Naomi.”

Osaka was seeking to become the second woman to win back-to-back singles titles at Indian Wells. Martina Navratilova is the only woman to have accomplished that feat.

Bencic will next play Thursday, facing fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, a 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-2 winner over 21st-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on Tuesday.

Women’s quarterfinal singles play begins Wednesday.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain will face Canadian Bianca Andreescu in the second match on Stadium 1. The 20th-seeded Muguruza upset seventh-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, on Tuesday.

Andreescu defeated 18th-seeded Qiang Wang, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-3, Tuesday. Andreescu is 60th on the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings and received a wild card entry into the tournament.

Wednesday’s other women’s quarterfinal will pit sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine against the unseeded Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

Play will begin at 11 a.m. with second-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain facing the Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic. Nadal defeated 25th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, 6-3, 6-1, Tuesday.

Fourth-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland will play in the third match on Stadium 1, facing 22nd-seeded Kyle Edmund of Britain.

John Isner, the last American remaining in men’s singles, will face 12th-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov in the third match on Stadium 2.

Wednesday’s winning men’s players will earn at least $182,000 while the losers will receive $91,205. The winning women will earn at least $354,000 while the losers will receive $182,000.