Milos Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

15 Mars, 2019, 19:34 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Raonic ends lucky loser Kecmanovic's run

Eighth seed Angelique Kerber defeated Venus Williams in emphatic fashion to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.

Raonic, ranked 14th in the world, fired 13 aces and broke Kecmanovic once in each set to earn the wind on a breezy stadium court.

He'll try to improve next against No. 7 Dominic Thiem, who advanced via walkover when No. 18 Gael Monfils announced on court that he couldn't play because of a left Achilles injury.

Kecmanovic, who gained entry to the draw after 5th-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 event in 1990.

Now the 19-year-old will regroup and prepare for the Miami Masters, which has given him a wild card invitation. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since a year ago in the desert.

Bencic, who won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015, next plays the victor of the match between Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams. With the opener slipping away, Williams showed her resolve to save the set with her fifth break point of a seven-minute game. "This is the mentality I have, and this is the mentality I'm going to keep having".

With the momentum in her favour, Kerber edged out the seven-time grand slam champion in a closely fought second set to advance to the final four.

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A fact that stood was that not only did Kerber win 68% points off her second serve, she also 62% return points on Williams' second serve.

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

Milos Raonic made sure Miomir Kecmanovic's good luck finally ran out at the BNP Paribas Open.

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

When asked where a title this week would rank in his career, Raonic said, "It would be there, I believe, parallel to the Wimbledon final (in 2016), if not higher, just because it's going through a week amongst the best players in the world without sort of ending with a loss".

Pliskova raced to 4-1 lead before wrapping up the second set. The 22-year-old Swiss player missed five months in 2017 after wrist surgery.

In women's doubles, Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski was eliminated in the semifinals on Thursday.

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