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Raonic ends lucky loser's run, Venus out at Indian Wells

16 March, 2019, 09:57 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Indian Wells 2019

Thiem is through to the semifinals at Indian Wells for the first time, having reached the quarters once before in 2017.

France's Monfils, ranked 19th in the world, pulled out shortly before his scheduled quarter-final against Thiem with left Achilles tendon trouble.

World No. 7 Dominic Thiem reached an ATP Indian Wells Masters semifinal showdown with Milos Raonic without hitting a ball Thursday as injured Gael Monfils withdrew. This will of course cast doubts on his inclusion in the main draw of the Miami masters.

Men: Dominic Thiem bt Gael Monfils, walkover; Milos Raonic bt Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-4. Speaking to reporters after her win, Kerber said, "Venus is just such a great player and an wonderful champion".

Despite Williams' tenacity to force a tie-break, the German took the initiative by winning the first three points and sealing the first set in 57 minutes.

Angelique Kerber held off a spirited challenge by the unseeded Venus Williams to set up an Indian Wells Open semi-final against Belinda Bencic.

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Three seeded players withdrew before the tournament began, clearing the way for Kecmanovic to become a lucky loser and receive a first-round bye.

"I'm not going to the court with any expectation", Bencic said.

On the women's side, Belinda Bencic beat Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals, ensuring her return to the top 20 in the rankings. "In the first set I was moving everywhere and when I have the chances to move her".

The Canadian recorded another break to open the second set, but Svitolina bounced back in the next game with her own break and then won three more games in a row to take charge. She's here as a wildcard, and she beat a lot of good players.

With the momentum in her favour, Kerber edged out the seven-time grand slam champion in a closely fought second set to advance to the final four. In the victory, Bencic won 78 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points.

The 22-year-old Swiss was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round and improved to an impressive 18-3 this year, including 12 wins on the spin.

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