Tennis - Jankovic, Halep progress to quarters

Serbia's Jelena Jankovic ended her five-match losing streak to Denmark's Carolina Wozniacki when she reeled off 10 consecutive games to win 6-3 6-1 and advance to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

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Jelena Jankovic

"At 3-1, I kind of found my way, found my rhythm, and I was striking the ball very well out there and took control of the points," said Jankovic.

"I just did not let her play what she plays. That was very important. So I was pretty pleased with the way I played and how composed I stayed throughout the whole match."

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, the second seed, breezed past Alize Cornet of France 7-5 6-3 while Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova brushed aside the challenge of Petra Kvitova, beating the Czech 6-3 6-2.

Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi came back down to earth with a thud when she was thrashed 6-2 6-1 by compatriot Flavia Pennetta less than 24 hours after she stunned Maria Sharapova.

Romania's Simona Halep also qualified for the last eight with a hard-fought 6-2 1-6 6-4 win over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard after trailing 4-3 in the deciding set.

"I just tried to do my game, play aggressive and play fast," said Halep, ranked seventh in the world. "It wasn't my best tennis today, but I was fighting a lot. I did well.

"I think I came back in the third set really well. I did everything I could do during the match today."

Halep's next match will be against the Australian qualifier Casey Dellacqua, who got a walkover to the quarter-finals after her American Lauren Davis retired with gastrointestinal illness.

BNP Paribas Open results

Fourth round

17-Sloane Stephens (U.S.) beat Alisa Kleybanova (Russia) 6-3 7-5

12-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat 8-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-2

2-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat 22-Alize Cornet (France) 7-5 6-3

20-Flavia Pennetta (Italy) beat Camila Giorgi (Italy) 6-2 6-1

7-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) beat 10-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 6-3 6-1

Casey Dellacqua (Australia) beat Lauren Davis (U.S.) WO

6-Simona Halep (Romania) beat 18-Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 6-2 1-6 6-4

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