Angelique Kerber snaps Belinda Bencic winning streak in Indian Wells semi

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Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber brushed aside the red-hot form of Bianca Bencic to move into her first Indian Wells final on Friday.

The German eighth seed and reigning Wimbledon champion was always in command of the match, and eased to a 6-4, 6-2 success.

Bencic came into the match riding a 12-game winning streak, and her defeat is her first to a top ten player in two months.

“It’s always tough to play against Belinda,”. Kerber said after the match.

“She played so great in the past few weeks.

“I was trying to focus only on my side of the court. I was trying to play concentrated, and going for it when I had the chance.

Kerber will face teen star Bianca Andreescu in the final, but the last thing she will allow herself to do is underestimate the Canadian.

“I’m really looking forward to a really tough battle,” she added. “She’s here as a wildcard, and she beat a lot of good players.

“She has nothing to lose, she enjoys her tennis and she’s a great player,” Kerber said of the teenager.

“I know that I have to play my best tennis in the final again, and I will try to enjoy it as well.”


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