Belinda Bencic, a former world number seven whose ranking slumped as injuries stalled her career, showed no sign of a let-down at the Indian Wells after her urth-round victory over world number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka.
I'm just playing. The less I think on the court the better it is Belinda Bencic
“Of course I’m very confident,” said Bencic, last month’s Dubai winner, who stretched her WTA match winning streak to 12-0 with a 6-3 4-6 6-3 victory over fifth-ranked Karolina Pliskova.
“I’m not putting pressure on myself even now,” the 22-year-old said. “I’m just playing. The less I think on the court the better it is.
“When you’re confident you can just trust your instincts and you don’t have to think about it at all. I’m definitely playing how I feel it, and it’s going so well I’m not planning on changing that.”
Angelique Kerber beat Venus Williams 7-6(3) 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the Indian Wells event and in the process denied the American veteran her second consecutive appearance in the last four of the WTA Mandatory event.
The match hinged on the tiebreaker after a hard-fought open set that featured four breaks of serve.
Having dominated the tiebreaker, the German was ade to fight for the break in the second set as Williams saved four break points to hold for 2-2 and then saved four more in the sixth game before Kerber finally converted one for a 4-2 lead that would prove decisive.