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SportsBelinda Bencic Wins Again to Set Up Semifinal Match With Angelique Kerber at Indian Wells

09:35  15 march  2019
09:35  15 march  2019 Source:   si.com

Milos Raonic makes BNP Paribas Open semifinals

Milos Raonic makes BNP Paribas Open semifinals INDIAN WELLS, CALIF.—Milos Raonic made sure Miomir Kecmanovic’s good luck finally ran out at the BNP Paribas Open. The Canadian beat the 19-year-old Serb 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semifinals and improve to 19-4 at Indian Wells since 2014. Raonic, the No. 13 seed from Thornhill, fired 13 aces against no double faults in putting away Kecmanovic in 72 minutes on a sunny, windy and cool day in the Southern California desert. Kecmanovic was the first lucky loser to reach the quarterfinals at the tournament since it became a Masters 1000 event in 1990. Ranked 130th in the world, the Serb lost in qualifying, but his fortune soon turned.

The following week, Bencic won her fourth title of the year at a G18 G2 in Italy, once again dropping one set . She proceeded to the semifinals with three- set wins over Americans Shelby Rogers and Jan The appearance at Indian Wells , however, helped Bencic continue her rise up the rankings

This set up a semifinal match against the unseeded Yanina Wickmayer which Kerber won . Kerber 's next tournament was the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells . Receiving a bye in the first round Again having a first round bye, she reached the semifinals by defeating Elina Svitolina and

Belinda Bencic Wins Again to Set Up Semifinal Match With Angelique Kerber at Indian Wells© Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images TENNIS: MAR 14 BNP Paribas Open

Belinda Bencic beat fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semis, ensuring her return to the top 20 in the rankings.

''I wouldn't believe I win today again,'' Bencic said. ''I'm not going to the court with any expectation. I'm just trying to play. This is the mentality I have, and this is the mentality I'm going to keep having.''

Bencic's victory set up a semifinal against No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber, who beat error-prone Venus Williams 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a match-up of 30-somethings.

Williams led 4-2 in the first set before Kerber won three straight games to go up 5-4. Williams broke the German to tie it 5-all and then held for a 6-5 lead. But Kerber held in the next game to force the tiebreaker, which she dominated.

Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells Milos Raonic made sure Miomir Kecmanovic's good luck finally ran out at the BNP Paribas Open. 

(Reuters) - Belinda Bencic slayed another giant by outlasting world number five Karolina Pliskova 6-3 4-6 6-3 on Thursday to reach the BNP Next up for Bencic is a semi - final against either American Venus Williams or German Angelique Kerber , who play their quarter- final match later on Thursday.

The match was suspended early in the first set . The two players returned to the court several hours later, but rain started falling again . Kerber stopped the losing streak by holding serve in the first game of the second set . Kvitova earned three break points in the fourth game.

Williams fought off two break points to tie the second set 2-all before Kerber again won three games in arrow for a 5-2 lead. She broke Williams in the match's longest game that went to deuce five times when Williams's forehand went wide.

Williams alternately smacked winners from the baseline and sprayed shots beyond the lines. The 38-year-old former world No. 1 was a semifinalist in the desert last year.

But Williams hasn't made it farther than the quarterfinals at any Premier Mandatory or Grand Slam tourney since last year's BNP Paribas Open. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since last year in the desert.

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

Bencic was pushed to three sets for the first time in four matches at the tournament. She was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.

Djokovic, Venus earn victories at Indian Wells

Djokovic, Venus earn victories at Indian Wells INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Novak Djokovic beat Bjorn Fratangelo 7-6 (5), 6-2 to open his pursuit of a record sixth title at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday. It was Djokovic's 50th match win at the desert tournament, his highest total at any ATP Masters 1000 event. The world's top-ranked player needed 1 1/2 hours to beat the American and improve to 11-1 on the season. Afterward, Djokovic went over to greet former No. 1 Pete Sampras, who sat courtside. Defending champion and world No. 1 Naomi Osaka also had a night match at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Venus Williams outlasted No. 3 seed Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round, just her eighth match of the year.

Angelique Kerber , Venus Williams and defending champion Naomi Osaka moved through to the fourth round of the WTA Indian Wells Open. Kerber – the eighth seed – rallied from a set down to outlast qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva en route to the round of 16 on Monday. Fellow former world number

Remember Belinda Bencic ? A onetime prodigy, she won the Dubai Championships and immediately thrust herself into the conversation of "I was pretty determined this year," Williams said after beating unseeded German player Mona Barthel in straight sets to set up a quarterfinal match with Kerber .

Pliskova raced to 4-1 lead before wrapping up the second set. In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at 2-all but only won one more game the rest of the way.

''Physically, it was tough somehow, and the wind didn't help much,'' Pliskova said. ''So my serve was bad, my shots were bad.''

Bencic improved to 18-3 this year. She won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015. 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.''

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