Thiem reaches Indian Wells semis as Monfils withdraws

Indian Wells 2019

Indian Wells 2019

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. 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.

With this walkover, Thiem gets to his first outdoor semifinal in an ATP1000 played on hard courts. With the opener slipping away, Williams showed her resolve to save the set with her fifth break point of a seven-minute game.

Though she lost serve to begin the second set, Kerber rebounded immediately as the two traded breaks twice in the second set, before she won the last three games to seal the match and her spot in the final.

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.

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. She tried to change the rhythm a lot. 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. "It's always tough to play against her".

Problematic Williams gives Kubica zero time to soak up comeback
He said: 'I haven't had a lot of time to think about my emotions, I've been focused on the job, focused on the things to do. It'll certainly be each to spot who's who in the Renault cars this season and we're sure fans will be grateful for that!

Williams alternately smacked winners from the baseline and sprayed shots beyond the lines.

Bencic was pushed to three sets Thursday for the first time in four matches at this tournament.

Pliskova raced to 4-1 lead before wrapping up the second set. "So my serve was bad, my shots were bad".

Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion who claimed his 100th career title at Dubai last month, takes on 67th ranked Hubert Hurkacz of Poland while Nadal faces 12th-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov.

The three-time major champion advances to her first career final in the California desert, and first Premier Mandatory final overall, as she'll look to win her first title at the aforementioned tournament level against breakout Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu on Sunday. The fifth-seeded team of Dabrowski and Yifan Xu of China lost 6-2, 7-6 (5) to Elise Mertens of Belgium and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

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