Raonic & Thiem Into Indian Wells Semifinals

Gael Monfils retires from Indian Wells

Raonic & Thiem Into Indian Wells Semifinals

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.

Raonic, the 13th seed, ended the run of lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic with a 6-3 6-4 victory in California.

INDIAN WELLS, March 15 ― World number eight Dominic Thiem advanced to the ATP Indian Wells Masters semi-finals yesterday when scheduled quarter-final opponent Gael Monfils withdrew with injury.

"You can't give him too much time", Raonic said of Thiem.

Andreescu will play the victor of the second semifinal between No. 23 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany in Sunday's final. "I have this pain, and it wasn't the right choice to play".

Meanwhile, resurgent Swiss Belinda Bencic toppled another top-10 player on Thursday, downing fifth-ranked Karolina Pliskova to set up an Indian Wells WTA semi-final against Angelique Kerber. She's improved to 18-3 this year, ensuring her return to the top 20 in the rankings.

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When asked where a title this week would rank in his career, Raonic said, "It would be there, I believe, parallel to the Wimbledon final (in 2016), if not higher, just because it's going through a week amongst the best players in the world without sort of ending with a loss". "I'm not going to the court with any expectation".

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. From the get-go, Kerber made strong in-roads into Williams' serve, especially the second serve and was just as relentless on her own serves. She won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015.

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

Kerber has won the last three meetings against Bencic, and all six matches overall have been decided in six straight sets.

"We are the one who is closest in our lives, so you can be really straightforward", Latisha Chan said.

The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., dug deep to upset No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in a thrilling semifinal on Friday night.

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