Venus, Kerber enter fourth round of Indian Wells Masters

California [USA], Mar. 14 (ANI): Seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams booked her place in the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters singles event with a straight-sets victory over Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic on Monday.

The 12-seeded defeated Safarova 6-4, 6-2 in a match that lasted for just 63 minutes.

Venus, seeded 12th in her second tournament since a runner-up finish to her sister Serena in the Australian Open in January, will now face either sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland or Chinese veteran Peng Shuai to enter the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, World No. 2 Angelique Kerber also overcame France's Pauline Parmentier 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 to advance through the event.

Kerber, who returns to the numero one spot in the WTA Rankings on Monday, needed two hours and 30 minutes to beat Parmentier under a hot sunny day.

She will next face Elena Sergeyevna Vesnina of Russia to book her place in the semis. (ANI)