Tennis: Switzerland's Bencic reaches Indian Wells semi-finals

Bencic celebrates a point against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.
Bencic celebrates a point against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.PHOTO: AFP

INDIAN WELLS, United States (AFP) - Switzerland's Belinda Bencic's resurgence continued on Thursday (March 14) as she reached the Indian Wells WTA semi-finals with a battling 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over fifth-ranked Karolina Pliskova.

Bencic, a former world number seven whose ranking slumped as injuries stalled her career, took her current winning streak to 12 matches.

Six of those wins have come against top-10 players, including a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over world number one and defending Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.

In the final, Bencic, who won her first title in four years at Dubai last month, will face three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber, who beat seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.