Serena Williams dominated qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 6-2, despite 22 unforced errors in the match. The 21-time major winner has not lost a set in Indian Wells. The women’s draw has been decimated by a number of seeds upset in the early rounds.
“I’m just happy to be in the quarters after three matches, so I feel all right,” Williams said.
“I haven’t been making that many errors in the past, so just have to cut back on my errors and I’ll be fine.”
“So far I think my consistency has been well; being aggressive has been well; everything that I’ve wanted to do I’ve kind of been doing,” she said.
Williams opponent in the final eight will be defending champion Simona Halep.
“I like how she’s aggressive. She’s a fighter,” Williams said. “She killed me at one point, so I definitely have to be ready.
“Yeah, and it’ll be a really good match I think for both of us to kind of see where we want to be at at this point in the year.”
Halep moved into the quarterfinals when Barbora Strycova retired trailing 6-3, 1-0.
“It was short and I feel sorry for her because she’s sick. It’s not easy to be sick and to keep continue playing the match.
“So I understand her. I’m happy that I am again in the quarterfinals. I feel good here. You know, I started to feel my game. I started to feel very well on court. I move well. It’s the most important thing.
“Of course the matches, it’s important to win a match, but it’s better to feel that you are like strong on court and then to think about winning a match.”
Halep talked about playing Williams: “I expect a tough one, of course. She’s very strong. I know her pretty well. We played each other many times.
“I know that it’s gonna be tough to win, but still, I have my chance. I believe that I have my chance, and I just have to go to play my best, to try everything to win.
First I have to believe that I can win. So then if my game is going well it’s gonna be a good match. I’m waiting for it, and I’m ready to play.”
“I think I have to do my game like I did every day since I came in the U.S.: aggressive, not very strong. I don’t hit very strong. I just take the ball fast. I move well. I hit with confidence. Also, the serve is going well.
“So I feel okay. I feel that I have the game to play against her. We will see tomorrow. It’s tough. I repeat that, because it’s normal to be tough. She’s No. 1 in the world.
“Yeah, it’s good experience for me to play against her and also big challenge.”
Novak Djokovic beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 7-5. Each set the German came back from a break down before Djokovic shut down each set. In the second set Djokovic served for the match at 5-3 and had four match points he could not convert. Djokovic closed the match breaking serve in the 12th game.
“I felt better on the court than I did in the first round, which comforts me obviously,” Djokovic said of his tricky contest with the German.
“But, again, you know, I allowed myself twice to lose the serve when I was break up in both sets. Especially in the second, 40-Love smash, easy backhand, match points, got him back.
“As I said, those things cannot happen. I cannot allow myself any more to react that way in those particular circumstances. Because, you know, I was fortunate today to manage win in straight sets. But Kohlschreiber is an experienced player. He has played so many times on the big occasions, so he knows how to capitalize on the opportunities and come back to the match.
“I just put myself in a very difficult position after that. But, you know, there are more positive things I can take out of this match today comparing first one.”
Djokovic is seeking a record fifth Indian Wells title.