Wildcard Bianca Andreescu shocks Angelique Kerber to win Indian Wells title

Wildcard Bianca Andreescu shocks Angelique Kerber to win Indian Wells title

But then, Andreescu wasn't just any winning player.

Svitolina refused to squander another fast start in the second set, though, where she dominated.

But when the moment arrived for real, she said, it was "surreal". "I was really nervous". I know this. I was expecting a tough match.

Perhaps surprisingly, Bencic leads their head-to-head 3-1, but the Swiss wins came when she was still a teenager, and Kerber won their most recent, in Wimbledon previous year. In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at 2-all but only won one more game the rest of the way.

And after her upset of Muguruza in the quarters: "Confidence is everything". "In the first set I was moving everywhere and when I have the chances to move her". "If you trust your shots, if you trust your game, good things always happen". Every tournament I go into though, I want to win of course. "This year, all the wins have definitely given me confidence".

Andreescu has shown a knack for competing against top players having beaten Caroline Wozniacki in Auckland earlier this year. Andreescu won on her fourth match point when Kerber netted a backhand.

If Friday night was a test, the Canadian teen passed with flying forehands.

Andreescu had 36 winners to Svitolina's 14.

Her run in Indian Wells has already assured a return to the top 20 for the Swiss, and two more steps for the title would make it No13. And she's only 18.

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"My mom introduced me to [meditation] when I was really young", Andreescu said.

Andreescu sobbed into Bruneau's arms as she celebrated her breakthrough win.

"It's insane. crazy is the word of the tournament for me". For me, the sky's the limit.

"If you believe in yourself, anything is possible". She is the first Canadian player to play a final in Indian Wells, while if Kerber should win, she will become the world no. 2.

World No. 60 Andreescu survived a Kerber fightback and "burning feet" to come away with the 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory to cap off a remarkable tournament. She's masterful with her angles, changes things up with powerful topspin shots, and mixes in slices. "That's pretty awesome what she did". For make no mistake: Pliskova was also in fine form this year, victor in Brisbane, semi-finalist in Australia-beating Serena Williams-and 16-3 thus far in 2019.

"Very rare to see Venus play such a tactical match today", Serena Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, tweeted after the match. Bassett-Seguso reached that lofty plateau in March 1985 when she was ranked No. 8 overall, but has no doubt that Andreescu's best tennis remains in front of her.

They clearly enjoyed Andreescu's fearless style of play. It was lost on no one in attendance at Indian Wells that this could be the final time Williams, one of the all-time greats, plays in the Coachella Valley. Neither of them made the final.

Born in Canada, Andreescu later moved to Romania with her parents and first started playing tennis.

"It just feels unreal what happened", Thiem said.

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