Belinda Bencic claims another shock win in Indian Wells

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Andreescu, 18, will play in her second final of 2019, and she aims to become the youngest victor at Indian Wells since 17-year-old Serena Williams claimed the title back in 1999.

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".

Milos Raonic was at his efficient best on Thursday afternoon, beating Serbian lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-4 to reach his fourth BNP Paribas Open semi-final in Indian Wells.

After two wins in Canada's 4-0 Fed Cup win over Netherlands she reached the last four in Acapulco, losing to another rising star in Sofia Kenin.

"She changed the rhythm a little bit", Kerber said.

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Belinda Bencic is coming off a three sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 28 games to decide.

Elina kicked off the match in the best possible way, breaking Bianca twice to open a 3-0 lead before the youngster found her range, rattling off four straight games to move 4-3 up with a backhand crosscourt victor in the seventh game. A forehand return victor sent Bianca 4-3 ahead and she defended three break points in the following game to open a 5-3 advantage and move closer to the finish line. "I was trying to play concentrated, and going for it when I had the chance", Kerber said.

In a far less exciting match, the 8th seed Angelique Kerber took down an in-form Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-2 in 67 minutes for the place in the 29th WTA final and the first since Wimbledon a year ago. Bencic hopes to make her second final appearance of the year and her ninth final appearance of her career.

The 38-year-old former world No. 1 was a semifinalist in the desert last year. In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at 2-all but only won one more game the rest of the way. "I've watched them play so many times on TV so it's so incredible to play against them and win". "I'm really happy to be in the final for the first time now".

Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., advanced to the women's semis on Wednesday.

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