Milos Raonic Ends Miomir Kecmanovic's Magical Run at Indian Wells

Paola Ditto
Marzo 15, 2019

Raonic won 88 per cent of his first-serve points and saved all three break chances against him.

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

Raonic will face No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem in a semifinal on Saturday after No. 18 seed Gael Monfils of France withdrew from his quarterfinal against the Austrian, leading to a walkover on Thursday night.

"I tried to warm up and my left Achilles was very painful for the last couple of days", the Frenchman told the crowd. "The court heats up a little bit. I am so sorry to put myself in this situation and I would like to thank you for everything you've given me this week and again I'm sorry for tonight".

Bencic won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015.

"I played the best I could here", she said.

In a first set of high intensity, eighth seed Kerber came from 4-2 down with back-to-back breaks to lead 5-4.

Williams hasn't made it farther than the quarterfinals at any Premier Mandatory or Grand Slam tourney since last year's BNP Paribas Open.

Bencic was pushed to three sets for the first time in four matches at the tournament. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since previous year in the desert.

With their first ever meeting going the distance, Bencic took the decider to extend her winning run to 12 matches and back up her upset of top seed and defending champion Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.

Pliskova raced to 4-1 lead before wrapping up the second set. "So my serve was bad, my shots were bad". The 22-year-old Swiss player missed five months in 2017 after wrist surgery.

"When you're confident, you can really just trust your instincts and you don't have to think about it at all", Bencic said. "I'm definitely playing how I feel it, and it's going well so I'm not planning on changing that".

Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga advanced to the women's semis on Wednesday. She'll face No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Friday. The fifth-seeded team of Dabrowski and Yifan Xu of China lost 6-2, 7-6 (5) to Elise Mertens of Belgium and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

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