Indian Wells 2019 :- Gael Monfils Withdraws Dominic Thiem Advances

Ross Houston
March 16, 2019

World No. 7 Dominic Thiem reached an ATP Indian Wells Masters semifinal showdown with Milos Raonic without hitting a ball Thursday as injured Gael Monfils withdrew.

Raonic produced 13 aces in his 6-3, 6-4 win over Serbian teenager Miomir Kecmanović reach his second consecutive Indian Wells semi-final.

Meanwhile in the men's Association of Tennis Professionals Masters 1000 event, Frenchman Gael Monfils was forced to withdraw from his quarter-final against Dominic Thiem after suffering an Achilles tendon injury.

"A lot of my injuries people think it was because I was lazy or not doing the job, and I always tell them that, you know, it's part of luck sometime", he said.

Indian Wells 2019 :- Gael Monfils Withdraws Dominic Thiem Advances

She will now face Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals after the eighth seed overcame Venus Williams in straight sets. "I'm definitely playing how I feel it, and it's going well so I'm not planning on changing that".

Earlier in the day, Swiss underdog Bencic continued her scintillating form by coming through a thriller against her close friend Karolina Pliskova, winning 6-3 4-6 6-3.

Just as he was playing lights-out tennis, Gaël Monfils's body let him down again. "I'm not going to the court with any expectation".

Raonic is looking for his ninth career ATP Tour title, but has never won at the top level below Grand Slams - Masters 1000.


"He's won his last three matches against good players", Raonic said.

She had to fight for the lone break of the second set as Williams saved four break points to hold for 2-2 and saved four more in the sixth game before Kerber finally converted one for a 4-2 lead that would stand up the rest of the way.

"I played the best I could here", she said. She broke Williams in the match's longest game that went to deuce five times when Williams' forehand went wide.

Bencic was pushed to three sets Thursday for the first time in four matches at this tournament. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since past year in the desert.


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.

"Of course I'm very confident", said Bencic, who rose to 23 in the world with her first WTA title in four years at Dubai last month and will crack the top 10 by virtue of reaching the semis here.


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