Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Oh, Canada! Teen Andreescu upsets Kerber to win Indian Wells

Oh, Canada! Teen Andreescu upsets Kerber to win Indian Wells

She broke Kerber three times in the third set, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to take four of the final five games.

Kerber, ranked eighth, remains without a title since winning Wimbledon a year ago.

Julia Goerges proved too strong in the final but Andreescu continued to impress elsewhere, coming through qualifying at the Australian Open to reach the second round.

"This year it's a little bit slower than the previous years, but it allows me to take a few more swipes at a few more shots, and I can do different things with my serve that I need to get ahead in the point".

After making it to her first last-four round for the first time in California, eighth-seed Kerber admitted that though it was quite tough to play against Belinda, she tried to focus only on her side of the court. This is the fifth tournament of the year played by Kerber and this is her first final of 2019.

A slew of errors came at the worst possible time for Venus Williams on Thursday as she blew a first set tiebreak before losing 7-6 (3) 6-3 to Angelique Kerber in the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals in Indian Wells.

The Canadian was also gracious to her German opponent. With her victory she followed in the footsteps of Naomi Osaka, who was a little-known 20-year-old when she won the title last year. "And now to be able to have my name in front of so many awesome champions is, it means the world to me", said Andreescu.

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Svitolina refused to squander another fast start in the second set, though, where she dominated. "I'm not going to the court with any expectation".

Trailing Germany's Angelique Kerber 3-2 in the third set of Sunday's BNP Paribas Open final, a visibly exhausted Bianca Andreescu admitted to coach Sylvain Bruneau she was running on fumes.

After saving two break points to hold and go up 2-1, Thiem forced the break of serve.

Williams never got her big serve going, producing just one ace.

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. "Another goal of mine was to make history and I just did".

As the set continued to play out, the duo started to look worn out from the sheer physical battle they were enduring. Federer won just two more games in the set.

From outside the top 300, she was back to 45 in the ranks by Dubai, and won her first title since 2015 the hard way, via four consecutive three-set wins, and match-points down against Aryna Sabalenka.

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