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Kerber stops red-hot Bencic to reach Indian Wells final

Indian Wells – Reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber ended Belinda Bencic’s 12-match WTA winning streak on Friday, beating the resurgent Swiss 6-4, 6-2 to set up an Indian Wells title clash with Bianca Andreescu.

Kerber, ranked eighth in the world, won the last three games to see off Bencic, who was coming off her first WTA title in four years at Dubai.

In Sunday’s final Kerber will face 18-year-old Canadian sensation Andreescu, who beat sixth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

Results on Friday in the BNP Paribas Open WTA and ATP Masters hardcourt tournament (x-denotes seeded player):

Men

Quarter-finals

Roger Federer (SUI x4) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 6-4, 6-4

Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Karen Khachanov (RUS x12) 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2)

Women

Semi-finals

Angelique Kerber (GER x8) bt Belinda Bencic (SUI x23) 6-4, 6-2

Bianca Andreescu (CAN) bt Elina Svitolina (UKR x6) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

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