Swiss Bencic defeats Pliskova to make BNP Paribas Open women's singles semis

Virginia Santiago
March 19, 2019

The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., became the first wild-card entry to capture the tournament title and first teen to do so since American Serena Williams in 1999 and 2001.

Momentum swung in Andreescu's direction when she broke back to level the set at 3-3 and held serve to love in the next game. After taking the first set in a tiebreak, Kerber rolled to a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win and her first semifinal appearance at the BNP Paribas Open since 2013. The scoreline of 6-0, 6-1 was probably a little flattering to Andreescu, but it couldn't have been easy for the Canadian to take care of her own game while there was so much turmoil going on at the other end.

After gritting out a tough three-setter against Andrea Petkovic in the first round, Williams rallied from down a set and two breaks against No. 3 Petra Kvitova and then cruised to straight-sets wins over Christina McHale and Mona Barthel.

"You just played awesome the whole tournament".

"I'm very confident", Bencic said after the match.

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Kerber was all class in defeat, heaping praise on her less experienced rival.

She broke Kerber again for a 5-3 lead but had to call on her last reserves as Kerber saved three match points in the next game on the way to earning a break.

"It just feels unreal what happened", Thiem said.

"I just tried to play consistent, be aggressive when I had the first chance".

Canadian Milos Raonic (ABOVE) and Serb Miomir Kecmanovic (BELOW) in action during their men's singles quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Thursday.

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Her run in Indian Wells has already assured a return to the top 20 for the Swiss, and two more steps for the title would make it No13. "If you trust your shots, if you trust your game, good things always happen".

"In a few key moments my serve really helped me out", Raonic said on court.

"One of the most astonishing performances at a tournament from an 18-year-old you will ever see", the commentator said.

"This moment has become a reality so it's really, really insane, " Andreescu told the crowd before speaking a bit of Romanian. Since the beginning of the year world number 23 Bencic has defeated six top-10 opponents and looks to have put behind her the injury woes that plagued her last year.

"When Bianca said that, I knew there was a door for me to try to ignite something in her because I know that she's a tremendous fighter", he told The Canadian Press from Irvine, Calif.

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Pegged as a player to watch after a strong junior career, Andreescu has all the tools for success on the main circuit. "My feet were burning" exclaimed Andreescu when recalling what she had told her mentor who like any good teacher told his student to keep pushing forward.

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