Kerber Reaches First Indian Wells Final

Kerber Reaches First Indian Wells Final

Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since previous year in the desert.

But the 19-year-old Serbian, who had one tour-level win before Indian Wells, couldn't convert any of his three break points, including two at 3-4 in the second set. A finals win at Indian Wells will make her the new world No. 2.

Milos Raonic moved into his fourth Indian Wells Masters semi-final, while Dominic Thiem was handed a walkover on Thursday.

"Even when I was hitting the spots, I wasn't hitting them that well", Raonic said about his serving. Then, the nerves and exhaustion set into her legs. "She's won a lot of matches".

It took Kerber several games in the opening set to get used to Williams' changing tactics.

Although clearly struggling with an injury, she fought.

But from 3-2 and a break down, Andreescu had one last twist in store as she reeled off three straight games to set her up to serve for the title with a 5-3 lead. "And, to play against Venus, it's always tough". "Slows down the pace and plays higher, then suddenly accelerates or plays angles". Kerber's 14 unforced errors contributed to the subpar first set. But it wasn't enough.

The 18 year old's BNP Paribas Open championship victory had made history many times over: already the first wildcard to contest the Indian Wells final, was also the tournament's youngest victor since 17-year-old Serena Williams' win over Steffi Graf two decades ago. "She played really tricky - in the good way - it was really hard for me to play my game".

"In the third set I kept my composure, at least tried to".

"Of course I'm very confident", said Bencic, who rose to No 23 in the world with her first title in four years at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last month and will crack the top 10 by virtue of reaching the semis here. "And I know that I have to play also aggressive and go for it tomorrow".

"It will be completely different match tomorrow", Kerber said of Bencic. But Andreescu showed incredible endurance and maturity to rally back and hold her serve. "It will be a battle".

Against Elina Svitolina, ranked 54 places above her, the 18-year-old showcased every weapon in her arsenal as she fired her way to a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win and a place in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, becoming the first wild card in history to do so. "But there s other things I m doing well, for sure. This year, all the wins have definitely given me confidence". "I was really nervous. I just want to enjoy this moment, because I don't want to take anything for granted".

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