Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Kerber, Bencic power into Indian Wells semis

Kerber, Bencic power into Indian Wells semis

The Swiss has been on a huge roll over the past few weeks, and this was her first set dropped in the WTA Premier Mandatory. After several years of injury struggles, Bencic kickstarted her season with a win at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships where she scored four straight top 10 wins en route to the title.

Kerber, the three-time major champion, looked dominant throughout the match as she posted a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 win in the semi-final of the women's singles event that lasted one hour and seven minutes.

However, the three-time grand slam victor silenced her critics with a 2018 win over Serena Williams at Wimbledon, adding to her slam haul, and demonstrating that she was very much still a contender. I'm happy that I won the first set and then could move in and play my tennis.

Bruneau urged Andreescu to push through the pain and she won eight of the next nine points and eventually took a commanding 5-3 lead.

Canada's Bianca Andreescu defeated Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in the semi-final of the Indian Wells Masters to become the first wildcard to reach the women's final of the competition. "This year, all the wins have definitely given me confidence". The Ukrainian held her nerve, and her serve, to see out the set 6-2. "She played really tricky - in the good way - it was really hard for me to play my game".

Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand victor to go up 6-5.

"Tonight I tried to hit a little bit and I can't compete 100 percent".

After dropping the first set she came back strong in the second, winning the first four games as she forced a decisive third set, although not before Bencic saved four set points. I know I'm far, far, far away from that. Kerber used all her experience to fight off three match points and when the German took advantage of an Andreescu mistake to break back, it seemed that the momentum had once again swung her way.

In the second set, Andreescu committed a forehand volley error to set up Kerber's first break point at 3-1. I actually never feel like I'm getting tired-or more exhausted than my opponent on the court.

Heading into the year, the Canadian teenager was ranked 152 in the world but after booking her place in the final in California, Andreescu is on her way up. Only two previous wild cards - Serena Williams and Martina Hingis - played their way to a semifinal at Indian Wells. "I just want to savour this".

We have become so accustomed to seeing Andreescu fly out of the traps and put her opponent under pressure early in matches, particularly at this tournament.

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