Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

The 31-year-old German then eased through the remainder of the set, serving out the match to love and progressing to her third Indian Wells semi-final.

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.

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.

Kecmanovic, who failed to make it through qualifying but gained entry to the main draw when fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson withdrew, was the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals at Indian Wells since the tournament served as the inaugural ATP Masters 1000 in 1990.

"I think that can get better", Raonic said.

Kerber, a three-time Grand Slam victor, won her first set thanks to a dramatic tie-break that featured four breaks of serve.

Bencic next plays the victor of Thursday's match between No. 8 Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams. "I'm not going to the court with any expectation".

Bencic improved to 18-3 this year. He put only 55 percent of his first serves in play.

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

Belinda Bencic in action against Karolina Pliskova (not in frame) during their quarter-final match at Indian Wells on Thursday.

Raonic is looking for his ninth career ATP Tour title, but has never won at the top level below Grand Slams - Masters 1000.

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

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.

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

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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