Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Raonic, Bencic reach Indian Wells semis

Raonic, Bencic reach Indian Wells semis

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.

Kecmanovic, a 19-year-old Serb ranked 130th in the world, became the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals at Indian Wells since 1990, but 2016 runner-up Raonic completed a 6-3 6-4 success to move through.

The Canadian served 13 aces in his win, moving into the semis of the ATP 1000 event for the fourth time since 2015.

"I think the conditions are good for me, especially when the sun's out", Raonic said of Indian Wells, where he has made at least the semifinals in his last four appearances.

He'll face either eighth-ranked Austrian Dominic Thiem or France's world number 19 Gael Monfils for a place in the final. Tonight I tried, but I can not compete 100%.

Looking to win her seventh match against a Top 10 opponent in the past four weeks, Bencic was unable to conjure up the magic that saw her defeat Karolina Pliskova in three sets in the previous round, and score two of her four Top 10 wins at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships from a set down.

Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga advanced to the women's semis on Wednesday.

Bencic improved to 18-3 this year.

"I know that I have to play my best tennis in the final again, and I will try to enjoy it as well". I'm just trying to play.

Bencic, who won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015, next plays the victor of the match between Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams.

He has accepted a wild card into the qualifying draw in Miami, which will mark the first time he's played a qualifying tournament since 2007 at Queen's Club. She's here as a wildcard, and she beat a lot of good players.

Bencic next plays the victor of Thursday's match between No. 8 Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams. In the victory, Bencic won 78 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points.

In the semi-final, she is set to face in-form Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who reached this stage after a 12-match winning streak, including a quarter-final win over Karolína Plíšková.

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