Raonic Beats Kecmanovic To Reach Indian Wells Semi-final

Raonic Beats Kecmanovic To Reach Indian Wells Semi-final

Javier Howell
March 18, 2019

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu upset three-time major champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, becoming at age 18 the first wild-card victor in tournament history.

Resurgent Swiss Belinda Bencic swept to a 12th straight match win on Thursday, booking an Indian Wells WTA semi-final berth with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over fifth-ranked Karolina Pliskova.

Standing between Bencic and a second straight final will be Angelique Kerber of Germany, who defeated Venus Williams of the United States in another quarterfinal. "Hopefully I can do a lot of great things this season". After each match, with a delightful blend of youthful bravado and humility, Andreescu talked about the role of creative visualization and meditation in her rise, as well as the power of walking onto the court with confidence.

However, the three-time grand slam victor silenced her critics with a 2018 win over Serena Williams at Wimbledon, adding to her slam haul, and demonstrating that she was very much still a contender.

Bianca Andreescu had thought herself a champion many times.

The 22-year-old also had some fun in the Confessional Cart, sharing what she thinks is the biggest perk of being a pro and who should play her on the big screen.

"This is definitely the fittest I've ever felt".

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"I am so sorry to put myself in this situation and I would like to thank you for everything you've given me this week and again I'm sorry for tonight". Whatever Svitolina threw at her in an attempt to disrupt her game, Andreescu answered. "I'm happy that I won the first set and then could move in and play a little bit better".

Canadian Bianca Andreescu has her first WTA title.

Her seven-game winning run came to end at the start of the second as the pair traded breaks and Svitolina took advantage to level the match as Andreescu struggled with unforced errors. But Kerber held in the next game to force the tiebreaker, which she dominated. In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at two-all but only won one more game the rest of the way.

"I'm really looking forward to a really tough battle".

"This moment has become a reality so it's really, really insane", Andreescu told the crowd before speaking a bit of Romanian.

"Kerber is an incredible fighter", Andreescu said. Andreescu will see both her ranking and wallet benefit from the win as she will become the No. 24 player in the world upon new WTA Tour rankings being released Monday. She won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015. "I just want to savour this". "She is one who is really trying to take the match into her hands".