Naomi Osaka of Japan watches her backhand in her match against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 14, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP
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World No. 1 Simona Halep punched her ticket to the Indian Wells semifinals with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over Croatia's Petra Martic n Wednesday.Halep, of Romania, needed two hours and 23 minutes to put Martic away under taxing conditions as strong winds swirled around the main stadium court.Halep is guaranteed to hold onto her No. 1 ranking at the end of this event after world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki was eliminated Tuesday.Halep blasted two aces and broke Martic's serve four times.Halep won the final five games of the third set after being broken once and falling behind 3-1 early.Halep is seeking her second Indian Wells title after beating Jelena Jankovic in 2015 .
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