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Tennis Update: Norrie, Dimitrov Make Indian Wells Men’s Semifinals; Raducanu Withdraws from Kremlin Cup

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Tennis Update Norrie, Dimitrov Make Indian Wells Men's Semifinals Raducanu Withdraws from Kremlin Cup

The ATP-WTA Indian Wells tournament is approaching its climax. Cameron Norrie and Grigor Dimitrov are marching into the semifinals of the men’s singles event. Ons Jabeur and Paula Badosa joined Victoria Azarenka and Jelena Ostapenko in the last four of the women’s side. Meanwhile, US Open women’s singles champion Emma Raducanu announced that she will not compete in the Kremlin Cup in Russia due to a “tournament schedule change.” Raducanu’s withdrawal from the competition speaks volumes especially in the online tennis betting scene as they will now look for other betting options to better their chances of winning.

Norrie, Dimitrov Barge to Indian Wells Men’s Semis

Cameron Norrie and Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. They outclassed their respective opponents in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Norrie dispatched 11th seed Diego Schwartzman, 6-0 6-2, in 73 minutes. It lead to a last-four meeting with Dimitrov, who outclassed eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz, 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7/2). 

Norrie won his career-best 45th match of the year against 20 losses and reached his first Masters 1000 semi. Schwartzmann lost the match due to his erratic serving game. He won 13 of 27 points on his first serve and 3 of 19 on his second. He also ended up with four double faults.

In the other men’s match, Dimitrov forced Hurkacz to drop his first set in the tournament. He kept his composure when the Polish netter rallied from 2-5 down in the deciding set. However, fatigue seemed to set in for the big-serving Hurkacz as he lost three straight points in the tiebreaker on unforced errors. The Bulgarian Dimitrov, who defeated top seed and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round, survived 14 aces from Hurkacz in the match that lasted two hours and 37 minutes. Other quarterfinal matches pit second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nikoloz Basilashvili and number three Alexander Zverev against Taylor Fritz.

On the women’s side, Ons Jabeur and Paula Badosa won their respective quarterfinal matches to complete the semifinal list. Jabeur defeated Anett Kontaveit, 7-5 6-3, to march to the final four. The victory also moved the 27-year-old Tunisian into the women’s top 10 effective next week. She could go as high as world number five if she wins the tournament. In another encounter, Badosa upstaged 10th seed Angelique Kerber, 6-4 7-5. It was her third victory against a top 15 player in the tournament. In the other semifinal, Victoria Azarenka meets Jelena Ostapenko for a seat in the Indian Wells final.

Raducanu Pulls out from Kremlin Cup

US Open women’s champion Emma Raducanu has withdrawn from the Kremlin Cup due to a reported “schedule change.”

The 18-year-old Raducanu, who rose to international stardom when she took home the US Open crown in Flushing Meadows in September, was scheduled to take part in the Moscow tournament on October 18-24 but she withdrew on Thursday. The Briton said in a statement that she is looking forward to her return to the WTA Tour in the coming weeks.

Raducanu lost in the second round to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Indian Wells. Aside from the Kremlin Cup, she is scheduled to take part in the Transylvania Open in Romania and the Upper Austria Ladies in Linz. Her withdrawal from the Kremlin Cup opens the opportunity for other tennis players to shine and give further headaches to tennis oddsmakers on picking the right netter to win the tournament.