The Swiss has been on a huge roll over the past few weeks, and this was her first set dropped in the WTA Premier Mandatory. With her victory she followed in the footsteps of Naomi Osaka, who was a little-known 20-year-old when she won the title last year.
Bencic next plays the victor of Thursday's match between No. 8 Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams.
Bencic was pushed to three sets for the first time in four matches at the tournament. She's feeling confident, even telling Tennis Channel's Leif Shiras "soon I will take over your job" after he gave her a special pin for being the first player to come to the studio three times this week.
Canada's Bianca Andreescu defeated Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in the semi-final of the Indian Wells Masters to become the first wildcard to reach the women's final of the competition. I think that's what's happening with me right now. The Mississauga, Ont., native started the 2-hour, 18-minute match strong, holding serve despite a meager 60 percent on her first serves. "She's here as a wild card, and she beat a lot of good players", Kerber 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.
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Most of the victims of the attacks were immigrants from Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia and Afghanistan. But he went to add that even though his brother was being hailed as a hero by some people, it was "still a shock for us".
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New Zealand has in the past tried to tighten firearm laws, but a strong gun lobby and culture of hunting has stymied such efforts. Aziz said: "He gets into his vehicle and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window".
Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand victor to go up 6-5. "It's going to be a very tough match".
"I was struggling a little bit with myself since the beginning of the match", a disappointed Pliskova said after the match.
But Pliskova turned on the heat in the second set to open a 4-0 lead. "But I have had many moments like this in the past, playing Challenger events, juniors. I really enjoy the semifinals here - it was already twice here, and I'm really happy to be in the final for the first time now", she added.
We have become so accustomed to seeing Andreescu fly out of the traps and put her opponent under pressure early in matches, particularly at this tournament.
That took her to No23, and a seeding, in time for Indian Wells, where she continued to look as cool as cucumber, channelling her inner "Federer" calm as she had promised. Considering Bianca Andreescu is playing an exceptional received in Kerber, she will have to improve her serve since it is a weakness which the German superstar is exceptional at exploiting. "Another goal of mine was to make history, and I just did".