Australian Open winner Jannik Sinner easily qualified for the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells on Thursday by beating Czech Jiri Lehecka 6-3, 6-3, just like the world No.1 Ida Swiatek who took advantage of the abandonment of Caroline Wozniacki.

This is the 16th consecutive victory for the 3rd player in the world since the start of 2024 and he is undefeated since the Davis Cup final last year, won by Italy. Sinner, who also won the Rotterdam tournament in February, was very solid on Thursday despite the windy conditions, taking the opponent’s serve at the start of each of the two sets and saving the only break point that his opponent could have benefited from. .

“I am very satisfied because the conditions on the court were different,” underlined the Italian who had beaten the American Ben Shelton in the previous round (7-6, 6-1).

“In the morning it was very windy and it was difficult to control the situation. He’s an incredible player and he has a lot of potential,” he said of his 22-year-old opponent, 32nd player in the world. In the semi-final he will face the winner of the match between the defending champion, the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz (2nd in the world), and the German Alexander Zverev (6th).

But this match was interrupted by an invasion of bees, the swarm of which burst onto the court, before taking refuge under the chair of the main referee who was forced to suspend the match while the two players were at tie a game everywhere.

The Norwegian Casper Ruud (9th in the world) had previously lost to the American Tommy Paul (N.17) who won in three sets 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 and will meet in the half the winner of the match which was to pit the Russian Daniil Medvedev (N.4) against the Dane Holger Rune (N.7) later on Thursday. Paul saved two break points while serving for the match, winning on his 2nd match point after 2h11. For the women, Swiatek won the first set 6-4 before Caroline Wozniacki was forced to retire while trailing 1-0 in the second.

Wozniacki had already requested a medical interruption between the two sets to receive treatment for his foot. The former Danish world No.1 is attempting a return to the courts at age 33, after the birth of her second child in 2022. Swiatek will meet world No. 32 Marta Kostyuk in the semi-final. The Ukrainian beat the Russian Anastasia Potapova (28th in the world) 6-0, 7-5. In the only meeting to date between the two players, it was Swiatek who won 6-3, 6-4 in the round of 16 at Roland-Garros in 2021.