Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Milos Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

Milos Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

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.

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.

Canada's Milos Raonic is heading to the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open.

"I know that I have to play my best tennis in the final again, and I will try to enjoy it as well".

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

An error-prone Venus Williams lost 7-6 (3), 6-3 to No. 8 Angelique Kerber in a matchup of 30-somethings. "I'm not going to the court with any expectation".

Three seeded players withdrew before the tournament began, clearing the way for Kecmanovic to become a lucky loser and receive a first-round bye. "In the first set I was moving everywhere and when I have the chances to move her".

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

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

Bencic could have made life easier for herself against Pliskova but only managed to convert four of her 16 break points against the Czech's serve.

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.

The 22-year-old Swiss was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round and improved to an impressive 18-3 this year, including 12 wins on the spin.

"When you're confident, you can really just trust your instincts and you don't have to think about it at all", Bencic 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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