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Belinda Bencic claims another shock win in Indian Wells

Belinda Bencic claims another shock win in Indian Wells

Bianca is the first player born in 2000 in the final of the Premier Mandatory event and also the first player in the history of Indian Wells to do so with a wild card, entering the top-35 and moving towards the very top of the women's tennis.

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".

The Canadian beat the 19-year-old Serb 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semifinals and improve to 19-4 at Indian Wells since 2014. In the victory, Bencic won 78 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points.

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.

Belinda Bencic is coming off a three sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 28 games to decide. Kerber has won the last three meetings against Bencic, and all six matches overall have been decided in six straight sets. "I'm not going to the court with any expectation".

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After a gruelling first set, Kerber took advantage in the tiebreaker as Williams totted up the unforced errors. "I just tried to play consistent, be aggressive when I had the first chance".

Bencic next plays the victor of Thursday's match between No. 8 Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since previous year in the desert.

Williams fought off two break points to tie the second set 2-all before Kerber again won three games in a row for a 5-2 lead. A backhand down the line victor sent Belinda 3-2 up and she fired a service victor for a hold at 15 in game six and even a more significant advantage. Bencic hopes to make her second final appearance of the year and her ninth final appearance of her career. "I'm definitely playing how I feel it, and it's going well so I'm not planning on changing that".

We've run out of superlatives to describe Bianca Andreescu.