Raonic makes quick work of Kecmanovic at Paribas Open

Milos Raonic ended the dream run of Miomir Kecmanovic in the Indian Wells quarter-finals. Reuters

Milos Raonic ended the dream run of Miomir Kecmanovic in the Indian Wells quarter-finals. Reuters

Indian Wells: World number seven Dominic Thiem reached an ATP Indian Wells Masters semi-final showdown with Milos Raonic without hitting a ball on Thursday as injured Gael Monfils withdrew.

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 wouldn't believe I win today again", Bencic said.

Bencic next plays the victor of Thursday's match between No. 8 Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams. The players then exchanged breaks before Andreescu won two games in a row to go up 5-3.

Belinda Bencic upset fifth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3 4-6 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the women's event and ensure that she will return to the top 20 in the WTA rankings on Monday. "Because I was playing great tennis, feeling strong".

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

But the 19-year-old Serbian, who had one tour-level win before Indian Wells, couldn't convert any of his three break points, including two at 3-4 in the second set.

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

Milos Raonic of Canada plays a forehand against Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia during their men's singles quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 14, 2019 in Indian Wells, California.

Williams never got her big serve going, producing just one ace.

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.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Kerber meanwhile reached the Indian Wells semi-finals for the third time with her win over Williams in a battle of former world number ones. Bencic hopes to make her second final appearance of the year and her ninth final appearance of her career. She was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.

"We are the one who is closest in our lives, so you can be really straightforward", Latisha Chan said. She'll face No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Friday.

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