Monfils withdraws from Indian Wells. Thiem will play Raonic in the semifinal

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Canada's Milos Raonic ended lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic's dream run at the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Thursday, beating the Serbian teen 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.

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.

"So sorry guys, thank you for everything you gave me this week".

An error-prone Venus Williams lost 7-6 (3), 6-3 to No. 8 Angelique Kerber in a matchup of 30-somethings.

On the women's side, Belinda Bencic beat Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals, ensuring her return to the top 20 in the rankings. "Because I was playing great tennis, feeling strong". "I'm not going to the court with any expectation".

Raonic won 88 per cent of his first-serve points and saved all three break chances against him. It hasn't been the cleanest tournament for Kerber, but she's found ways to get the job done even when not exactly playing her best. She's here as a wildcard, and she beat a lot of good players.

At 15-3 this year, Monfils was off to the best start of his career, but he was 0-4 against Thiem.

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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.

Williams never got her big serve going, producing just one ace.

Bencic was pushed to three sets for the first time in four matches at the tournament.

The 22-year-old Swiss was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round and improved to an impressive 18-3 this year, including 12 wins on the spin. In the victory, Bencic won 78 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points.

The three-time major champion advances to her first career final in the California desert, and first Premier Mandatory final overall, as she'll look to win her first title at the aforementioned tournament level against breakout Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu on Sunday.

The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., dug deep to upset No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in a thrilling semifinal on Friday night.