Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

Tough luck for Gael Monfils retires from Indian Wells and the tennis fans as the Frenchman wasn't able to play his quarterfinal against Dominic Thiem on Thursday evening in Indian Wells.

Canadian Milos Raonic fired down 13 aces to defeat Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-4 and set up a BNP Paribas Open semifinal against Dominic Thiem after the Austrian's opponent, Gael Monfils, withdrew injured before their match on Thursday.

Raonic will face the victor of a match between No. 18 seed Gael Monfils of France and No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria in a semi-final.

"I'm so sorry, guys, to put you in this situation, and I so thank you for everything you gave me this week and, again, I'm sorry".

She will now face Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals after the eighth seed overcame Venus Williams in straight sets. "I have this pain, and it wasn't the right choice to play".

"I was really surprised", Thiem said, who was waiting to be taken to the court when he realized there was a problem".

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. It hasn't been the cleanest tournament for Kerber, but she's found ways to get the job done even when not exactly playing her best.

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

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.

Bencic showed no sign of a let-down after her fourth-round victory over world number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka, out-lasted Czech Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Bencic hopes to make her second final appearance of the year and her ninth final appearance of her career.

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

Elsewhere, Canadian Bianca Andreescu and Elina Svitolina of Ukraine are scheduled to play in the other semi-final on Saturday.

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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