Raonic & Thiem Into Indian Wells Semifinals

Gael Monfils retires from Indian Wells

Raonic ends lucky loser Kecmanovic's run

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. "As I was saying all week, I have been working hard", Monfils said, per Tennis Now Twitter.

France's Monfils pulled out with a left Achilles tendon injury shortly before the match was to start, taking the court to tell the crowd he didn't feel he could play at 100 percent. "I have this pain, and it wasn't the right choice to play".

While the 130th-ranked Kecmanovic fell short in his bid to become just the third lucky loser to reach the semifinals of a Masters 1000 event, he can regroup for the upcoming Miami Masters - where he has been given a wild card into the main draw.

In the women's section, a slew of errors came at the worst possible time for Venus Williams as she blew a first set tie-break before losing 7-6 (3), 6-3 to Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals.

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.

She stretched her WTA match winning streak to 12 - six of those wins coming against top-10 players with No. 8 Kerber coming up.

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Mari Osaka, a year-older than her 21-year-old sister who has shot to the top of the rankings thanks to back-to-back Grand Slam titles at the USA and Australian Opens, has twice played in WTA doubles made draws, most recently with Naomi at the 2017 Toray Pan Pacific Open.

Williams led 4-2 in the first set before Kerber won three straight games to go up 5-4. 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.

"I played the best I could here", she said.

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. "I'm definitely playing how I feel it, and it's going well so I'm not planning on changing that".

Bencic showed no sign of a let-down after her fourth-round victory over world number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka, out-lasted Czech Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

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