Thiem into Indian Wells semis as injured Monfils withdraws

Aubrey Yates
March 16, 2019

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 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 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 semifinal.

"I would like to thank you for everything you gave me this week and again I'm sorry".

In the women's section, a slew of errors came at the worst possible time for Venus Williams as she blew a first set tie-break before losing 7-6 (3), 6-3 to Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals. "I have this pain, and it wasn't the right choice to play". Bencic hopes to make her second final appearance of the year and her ninth final appearance of her career. In the victory, Bencic won 78 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points.

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Serbian teenager Kecmanovic failed to convert any of his three break-point opportunities against a ruthless Raonic, who unleashed a torrent of punishing groundstrokes on a sunny and breezy day.

"I was really surprised", Thiem said, who was waiting to be taken to the court when he realized there was a problem". 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. 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's here as a wildcard, and she beat a lot of good players.

Kerber has won the last three meetings against Bencic, and all six matches overall have been decided in six straight sets. She was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.

"Of course I'm very confident", said Bencic, who rose to 23 in the world with her first WTA title in four years at Dubai last month and will crack the top 10 by virtue of reaching the semis here. She'll face No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Friday.

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