"Today, I believed in myself playing against these top players". In the victory, Bencic won 78 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. This was the fifth encounter between the two and the second straight win for Kerber who lost serve four times but grabbed no less than seven breaks to erase that deficit, winning 60% of the return points against the rival who had nothing more left in the tank after a great couple of weeks she enjoyed. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since previous year in the desert. As long as Bencic continues attacking her opponents serve and limit her unforced errors, she's going to be a nightmare to deal with in this current form.
Bencic improved to 18-3 this year. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since a year ago in the desert. She won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015.
Bencic next plays the victor of Thursday's match between No. 8 Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams. In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at 2-all but only won one more game the rest of the way.
In the decider, Andreescu showed resilience by saving nine of the 10 break points against her and breaking Svitolina twice out of her three chances to win.
It took Kerber several games in the opening set to get used to Williams' changing tactics. "I think that can get better".
Standing in her way is Kerber, the 31-year-old German who is the former world No. 1 and entered the tournament ranked eighth. Kerber also has a shot to make her first ever final appearance in a Premier Mandatory. 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 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.
Bencic was pushed to three sets for the first time in four matches at the tournament.