Indian Wells Masters report

By Toby Oliver

It’s been an interesting week at the Indian Wells tennis tournament with upsets in both the men’s and women’s draw. The semi-finals in the women’s event have been decided with one semi-final still to be played for in the men’s.

Men’s singles

The first semi-final was decided last night as Milos Raonic will face Dominic Thiem. Raonic came through in straight sets against Serbian lucky loser Miomir Kecmanović. The 19-year-old had a good run, getting to his first masters 1000 quarter-final.

Unfortunately, Gael Monflis had to withdraw from his quarter-final through injury, meaning Thiem got through to face Raonic on a walkover.

Later this evening, second seed Rafael Nadal faces twelfth seed Karen Khachanov. The Spaniard has won all five of their previous meetings.

Also, fourth seed Roger Federer faces the surprise of the tournament so far, Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz. The 22-year-old has already defeated three seeded players on his way to the quarter-final, including Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori. This will be their first meeting.

Earlier in the week, several big-name players were knocked out amid many players saying they were suffering with illness. Alexander Zverev admitting to suffering, following his third-round loss to Jan-Lennard Struff.

Top seed, Novak Djokovic also lost in the third-round, to experienced German Philipp Kohlschreiber

Women’s singles

The semi-finals of the women’s draw were decided last night with big names and surprises making up the last four.

The highest seed left is sixth seed Elina Svitolina. She came through a tough, three-set match with 19-year-old Markéta Vondroušová.

Svitolina will play the surprise of the tournament, 18-year-old Canadian, Bianca Andreescu. She dismantled Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza 6-0, 6-1 in her quarter-final.

The other semi-final will see Angelique Kerber play Belinda Bencic. 22-year-old Bencic beat world number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka in round four.

Three-time Grand Slam winner, Kerber beat Venus Williams to get through to the last four.

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