Kerber cools off Bencic to reach Indian Wells final

Kerber cools off Bencic to reach Indian Wells final

Kerber cools off Bencic to reach Indian Wells final

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.

France's Monfils, ranked 19th in the world, pulled out shortly before his scheduled quarter-final against Thiem with left Achilles tendon trouble.

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.

Belinda Bencic caused another upset at the BNP Paribas Open by beating world number five Karolina Pliskova to reach the semi-finals in Indian Wells.

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"In a few key moments my serve really helped me out", Raonic said on court.

In the victory, Kerber won 65 percent of her first serve points and 68 percent of her second serve points.

Despite appearing in her first Premier Mandatory final, the 31-year-old will contest her 29th WTA final overall against the Canadian wildcard in their first-ever meeting.

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.

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Three seeded players withdrew before the tournament began, clearing the way for Kecmanovic to become a lucky loser and receive a first-round bye. "I'm not going to the court with any expectation. And I put a lot of returns in and gave myself a chance there".

She had to fight for the lone break of the second set as Williams saved four break points to hold for 2-2 and saved four more in the sixth game before Kerber finally converted one for a 4-2 lead that would stand up the rest of the way. She won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015.

"I wouldn't believe I win today again", Bencic said. 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.

He has accepted a wild card into the qualifying draw in Miami, which will mark the first time he's played a qualifying tournament since 2007 at Queen's Club. She'll face No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Friday.

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