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Monfils withdraws from Indian Wells. Thiem will play Raonic in the semifinal

Raonic ends lucky loser Kecmanovic's run Raonic, Thiem to clash in semis; Bencic, Kerber face off for spot in final
Rita Gibson | 16 March, 2019, 19:39

Milos Raonic (CAN) celebrates match point as he won his quarterfinal match against Miomir Kecmanovic (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

"In a few key moments my serve really helped me out", said Raonic, who reached the semis for the second year in a row.

"I tried to warm-up and my left Achilles was very painful for a couple days", Monfils told the crowd. "I have this pain, and it wasn't the right choice to play".

Kecmanovic was the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals at the tournament since it became a Masters 1000 event in 1990.

Bencic's victory set up a semi-final against eighth seed Angelique Kerber, who beat error-prone Venus Williams 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be vying to set up a blockbuster semifinal when the play in the other two quarterfinals on Friday.

"We are the one who is closest in our lives, so you can be really straightforward", Latisha Chan said.

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Monfils not only broke Kohlschreiber's serve five times, but he did not face a break point in his 58-minute triumph, which included a 21-minute first set.

In the women's singles, Belinda Bencic beat fifth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semis, ensuring her return to the top 20 in the rankings. "She's still playing at such a high level". "Very disappointing, to be honest now, because I was playing great, playing great tennis, feeling strong". As soon as I had a chance on the first forehand, I was able to find my way to be the one dictating the point.

Williams never got her big serve going, producing just one ace.

Williams has not made it farther than the quarter-finals at any Premier Mandatory or Grand Slam tournament since last year's BNP Paribas Open.

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 was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.

Bencic won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015.

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