Teenager Bianca Andreescu upsets Angelique Kerber in BNP Paribas Open final

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Bianca Andreescu completed her emergence as the latest new star of women's tennis after a scintillating three-set win over Angelique Kerber in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Bencic was pushed to three sets for the first time in four matches at the tournament.

"It was one of the toughest matches I've ever played", she said in an on-court interview. "I was really nervous". "I'm just playing. The less I think on the court the better it is". How long can anyone, especially a player of Williams' caliber, be expected to give everything and not receive the desired outcome? I know I'm far, far, far away from that. "I learned a lot, and I have been implementing what I have learned throughout this whole tournament".

The German has won 12 career titles in 28 finals, including the Australian Open 2016, the US Open 2016 and Wimbledon 2018. Andreescu rolled off three straight games but she couldn't serve it out, missing on three match point chances. She missed an easy overhead at 30-15 and wasted three match points soon after, allowing Kerber to come back to 5-4.

And after her upset of Muguruza in the quarters: "Confidence is everything". This year, she has piled together a 28-3 record, with a finalist finish in Auckland and a WTA $125K Series title in Newport (those wins include qualifying and Fed Cup). "This year, all the wins have definitely given me confidence".

Against Svitolina, Andreescu was almost flawless in all the crunch moments.

Andreescu will have to play in a carefree manner but at the same time, will have to show solidity and maturity. She won the prestigious Les Petites As world junior tournament at age 13 in 2014, over Claire Liu. And she's only 18. "It's insane", Andreescu said after the final. "I've watched them play so many times on TV so it's so incredible to play against them and win".

Andreescu, who started the year ranked 152nd in the world, will climb into at least the top 35 next week after yet another deep run at a WTA Tour event. But she then had to work her way back up the ranks after back injury and then wrist surgery in 2017.

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

"Tonight I tried to hit a little bit and I can't compete 100 percent". I think that's what's happening with me right now. For me, the sky's the limit.

The 18-year-old Canadian fought off exhaustion and held her nerve to triumph 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 over the three-time grand-slam champion, becoming the first wildcard victor of the prestigious event.

Canadian youngster, Bianca Andreescu has made it into the final of the 2019 WTA Indian Wells Open in California.

But in Thursday night's quarterfinal against No. 8 Angelique Kerber, with her right knee taped and her lateral movement compromised, Williams was slow to find her groove. "That's pretty unbelievable what she did". She became the fourth unseeded champion after Serena Williams (1999), Kim Clijsters (2005), and Osaka, according to WTAtennis.com.

What makes Andreescu different from your regular teenager, of course, is that she can actually pull off her ambitious plays. "She is one who is really trying to take the match into her hands".

No matter what happens in Sunday's final, Andreescu has already accomplished something no other player has been able to do. No, I can't. I'm the f-ing champion of Indian Wells. Neither of them made the final.

"No pressure", she said with a smile.

  • Steve Townsend