Raonic ends lucky loser's run at Indian Wells

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However, if we've learned anything from Andreescu's performances in 2019, it's to never write her off. Showing incredible mental strength, coupled with powerful and precise hitting, the 18-year-old broke back three times in a row to turn the set on its head before going on to claim it 6-3.

Bencic improved to 18-3 this year.

Andreescu, a wild-card entrant here, will face No. 8 Angelique Kerber, who ended Swiss standout Belinda Bencic's 12-match winning streak with a 6-4, 6-2 decision.

A host of seeds have been brushed aside by Andreescu over the past two weeks and Angelique Kerber will be keen not to be added to that list on Sunday. Little known at the time, Osaka used her Indian Wells victory as a launching pad to beating Serena Williams for the U.S. Open title and winning the Australian Open while becoming the world's top-ranked player.

"In a few key moments my serve really helped me out", Raonic said on court.

Andreescu will earn $1.354 million United States if she wins the final and $686,000 if she loses.

Bencic reaches the biggest final of her career.

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Andreescu missed a match-point opportunity on Svitolina's serve, but then won the next game to finish it in dramatic fashion, fighting off three break points.

Pliskova raced to 4-1 lead before wrapping up the second set. Bianca stayed focused to repel them all, converting the fourth match point after a loose forehand from Svitolina to celebrate another huge win and move into the final.

Elina Svitolina was a tougher challenge in Saturday's semi-final but Andreescu's determination, hunger and aggression got her past the world number six. Andy Bettles, Svitolina's coach, told his player "She's dying physically" during the break after the fifth game of the set.

Andreescu showed signs of fatigue in the third set.

Svitolina, the 2017 Toronto Rogers Cup champion, responded with a break to tie the third set at 3-3.

Elina kicked off the match in the best possible way, breaking Bianca twice to open a 3-0 lead before the youngster found her range, rattling off four straight games to move 4-3 up with a backhand crosscourt victor in the seventh game.

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