INDIAN WELLS, Calif -- Angelique Kerber, who will return to the world No. 1 spot thanks to Serena Williams's withdrawal from the BNP Paribas Open, fell to Elena Vesnina in the fourth round on Tuesday.
Vesnina had control of the match from the get go, breaking early in the first set and refusing to give Kerber any room to adjust.
"I think she played good," said the dejected Kerber. I was not playing good.
"It was actually not my day. 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, yeah, she took the game on her hand.
The German hasn't had a great season so far, losing in the quarterfinals of Brisbane, in her open match in Sydney, lost to Coco Vandeweghe in the fourth round of the Australian where Kerber was the defending champ, lost early at the Qatar Open, and bowed out of Dubai after losing to Elina Svitolina in the semis.
In other matches, Garbine Muguruza survived another three-setter as she battled in-form Svitolina who's having a stellar season. The Spaniard came from behind in the first set to take it 7-6(5), was dominated in the second set where she only one game, but came roaring back to close out the match without losing a game in the third set, winning 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-0.
Muguraza faces Karolina Pliskova, who advanced after Timea Bacsinszky retired with wrist injury.
Caroline Wozniacki set up a showdown with Kristina Mladenovic after a straight-sets 6-4, 6-4 win over Madison Keys under the lights.
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