Marie Bouzkova took advantage of Simona Halep's retirement after winning the first set 6-4. In an on-court interview, Bouzkova said: "I'm really sorry that Simona had to retire... it was a pleasure for me to be with her on the court even if it was just one set and I really enjoyed.
This stadium is really a nice court, the best I have ever played on and you guys make it even better." Looking ahead to her semifinals match against Serena Williams, she added: "I've always wanted to play against Serena...
it's a dream come true. I'm going to try my best." Meanwhile, Sofia Kenin defeated Elina Svitolina and will face Bianca Andreescu next. The American said: "It was pretty tough. You know, conditions weren't really easy.
Yeah, in Indian Wells, I kind of felt like I lost it. I just let a few opportunities go by. But here I knew if I'm going to win, she's going to make me earn it. So I think I did a pretty good job adjusting because, like I said, conditions weren't easy.
It was pretty windy. And I felt it was pretty more mental today." Bouzkova headed into this tournament being the world No. 93 and will leave it being at least around No. 53. It has been a magical run for the Czech, who won all the last six matches she has played so far.