World number 1 Simona Halep in last eight

Getty Images Europe Qiang Wang hits a backhand shot

In other women's matches, eighth seeded Venus Williams survived a stern test from Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova to win 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 and fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat Amanda Anisimova of the US 6-1, 7-6 (7/2).

She and Serena usually meet later in the draw in the semis or the championship match.

"It was a quick turnaround from last night when it feels like, 'Hey, this is a final to you're only in the fourth round, '" Williams said on court.

"She is a very tough opponent because she is serving pretty strong and also the forehand has a lot of top spin ... It's just real talent".

If Wang was high on confidence following her performances earlier in the tournament, her morale was surely raised further as she twice responded immediately to falling a break down in set one.

To reinforce their hopes, Venus has to beat Carla Suarez Navarro or wildcard Danielle Collins in the quarterfinals.

Venus Williams during her third round match against Anastasia Sevastova (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden March 13, 2018.

"I wasn't missing that much".

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The Romanian has never lost to a player outside the Top 30 at Indian Wells with her worst by-ranking defeat coming to No.29 Martínez Sánchez in 2011. She has beaten all four current Grand Slam titleholders in the past year, including U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens in straight sets this week. "I did exactly what he said after that". "So quite a simple rule".

Halep can hold onto the top ranking by reaching the final here.

Next up for Halep is Petra Martic of Croatia, who beat Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Anisimova, a 16-year-old wild card, won her first three WTA Tour matches at Indian Wells, beating Pauline Parmentier, No. 23 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova without dropping a set. "You can see she's hitting the ball without thinking".

Pliskova will play another youngster in 20-year-old Naomi Osaka after she defeated Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals at Indian Wells for the first time.

Simona Halep shared a picture of herself watching Serena and Venus on Monday night, writing: "Tonight I'm just a fan of the game and the Williams sisters".

However, she can gain entry to eight tournaments in 12 months - including two Grand Slams - with her protected world number one ranking. I have many things to learn from them.

On the men's side, Gael Monfils retired in the second set with a back injury trailing fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hughes Herbert 6-2, 3-1.

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